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Accompanying Persons Program

We encour­age con­fer­ence del­e­gates to bring their fam­i­lies and have arranged a pro­gram for them, along with oth­er activ­i­ties they may want to under­take on their own. The Lau­rel Cav­erns tour is a sched­uled option for the mid-con­fer­ence excur­sion so that con­fer­ence del­e­gates can share this expe­ri­ence with their fam­i­ly mem­bers if they wish. This activ­i­ty will take place twice on Wednes­day (morn­ing and after­noon), just like the oth­er mid-con­fer­ence excur­sions. The oth­er three organ­ised activ­i­ties will take place on Mon­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day of the con­fer­ence and will be offered once each and will also last approx­i­mate­ly ½ day.

Spaces are lim­it­ed, so be sure to reserve a spot soon.


  • Accom­pa­ny­ing Per­son – Social Events Only – $125 USD
    • Includes the open­ing recep­tion and IMWA gala
  • Accom­pa­ny­ing Per­son Bun­dle – Social Events & Tours – $225 USD
    • Includes the open­ing recep­tion and IMWA gala as well as tours to Prickett’s Fort, Davis-Lynch Glass Com­pa­ny, and Arthurdale
  • Accom­pa­ny­ing Per­son Tours (see below)
    • Prickett’s Fort – $35 USD
    • Davis-Lynch Glass Com­pa­ny – $35 USD
    • Arthurdale – $50 USD
  • Mid-Con­fer­ence Field Trips – Wednes­day (Morn­ing or After­noon)
    • #5 Lau­rel Cav­erns – $85 USD


Lau­rel Cav­erns with Own­er David Cale

Tour 1

Laurel Caverns

The guid­ed tour takes 45 min­utes and takes you through the eas­i­est pas­sages of the caves. There are no steps and this part of the cave is a maze with about 1,200 ft (400 m) of colour­ful­ly lit pas­sages. The geol­o­gy and his­to­ry are explained by the guide and there is a sound and light show. You can then take the self-guid­ed tour, which takes a fur­ther 1 hour and includes a 1,800 ft (600 m) walk through the largest, longest and steep­est pas­sages in the light­ed part of the caves. There are about 100 steps and it is stren­u­ous for those with knee, heart, back or short­ness of breath prob­lems. This part takes you down 17 floors in height.

Prickett’s Fort Tour

Tour 2

Prickett’s Fort

Prickett’s Fort State Park, 20 min­utes from Mor­gan­town, is a 76-ha park locat­ed near the con­flu­ence of Prickett’s Creek and the Monon­ga­hela Riv­er. The park fea­tures a recon­struc­tion of the orig­i­nal Prickett’s Fort, which served as a refuge for colo­nial set­tlers. When fron­tiers­men and their fam­i­lies believed they were in dan­ger of attack by Native Amer­i­cans, the fam­i­lies gath­ered in these refuge forts. This his­toric park is a reminder of life on the Vir­ginia fron­tier in the late 18th cen­tu­ry. Admis­sion to the park is free, but some attrac­tions, such as the Fort and Muse­um, charge admis­sion.

Yes, It’s Hand-Blown (© Davis-Lynch Glass 2023)

Tour 3

Davis-Lynch Glass Company

Davis-Lynch Glass Com­pa­ny is one of the few remain­ing hand-blown glass fac­to­ries in the Unit­ed States. The com­pa­ny spe­cialis­es in opal and crys­tal glass lamp­shades, globes and cylin­ders. It also has an in-house dec­o­rat­ing depart­ment. The com­pa­ny was found­ed in 1943 by Mr Davis and R. Emmett Lynch. In 1967, Davis-Lynch Glass became a fam­i­ly busi­ness owned by the Lynch’s and is now in its third gen­er­a­tion. The tour con­sists of observ­ing the tech­niques used in the pro­duc­tion of hand-blown glass­ware, includ­ing the prepa­ra­tion of the liq­uid glass, the form­ing of the glass prod­ucts and the dec­o­ra­tion of the glass.

The main hall at Arthurdale

Tour 4

Arthurdale & Cooper’s Rock Overlook

Expe­ri­ence the 1930s in Arthurdale, WV. Estab­lished by the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment in 1933, Arthurdale was the nation’s first New Deal Home­stead Com­mu­ni­ty. Cre­at­ed as part of Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal leg­is­la­tion, the com­mu­ni­ty pro­vid­ed a new lease on life for res­i­dents who had suf­fered dur­ing the Great Depres­sion. First Lady Eleanor Roo­sevelt was the dri­ving force behind the com­mu­ni­ty, known as ‘Eleanor’s Lit­tle Vil­lage’. Today, Arthurdale is a Nation­al His­toric Dis­trict with 160 of the 165 orig­i­nal home­steads. The New Deal Home­stead Muse­um is a mul­ti-build­ing muse­um with a black­smith shop with orig­i­nal tools, a ser­vice sta­tion rem­i­nis­cent of a bygone era, the his­toric Cen­ter Hall, the orig­i­nal fed­er­al gov­ern­ment admin­is­tra­tion build­ing, and a ful­ly restored Arthurdale home­stead.

WV Botan­ic Gar­den

Your Own Tour

Other Potential Activities in the Area

Oth­er activ­i­ties in the Mor­gan­town area that fam­i­ly mem­bers may wish to vis­it dur­ing their stay include the Aquat­ic Cen­tre at Mylan Park, the West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­si­ty Art Muse­um, the WV Botan­ic Gar­den, the WVU Plan­e­tar­i­um and the WVU Core Arbore­tum. For more infor­ma­tion on these and oth­er pos­si­ble activ­i­ties in the area, we rec­om­mend you vis­it the Vis­it Moun­taineer Coun­try web­site.