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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In West Virginia History

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1. On July 14, 1863, the Battle of Falling Waters took place during the American Civil War in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The battle resulted in a Confederate victory and allowed them to temporarily delay Union forces from advancing deeper into Virginia.

2. In 1933, the West Virginia State Police was established on July 14 by an act of the state legislature. The agency was formed to provide statewide law enforcement services and has since become an integral part of the state's public safety infrastructure.

3. On July 14, 1976, the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council officially designated the West Virginia State Capitol Building as a garden site. The Capitol Building's grounds feature a variety of trees, plants, and flowers, making it a popular tourist destination.

4. The Greenbrier Classic golf tournament, which is now known as A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, has been held in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on or around July 14 since 2013. The tournament attracts some of the best golfers in the world and is a major event for the state's tourism industry.

5. West Virginia musician and songwriter, Kathy Mattea, was born on July 14, 1959, in South Charleston, West Virginia. Mattea has won two Grammy Awards and several Country Music Association Awards throughout her career, and has become an iconic figure in West Virginia's music scene.
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