Boy Scouts break ground on U.S. 19 visitors center

Register-Herald image An architectural rendering of the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center as it is expected to appear from the outside.
Register-Herald image An architectural rendering of the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center as it is expected to appear from the outside.
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An architectural rendering of the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center as it is expected to appear from the outside.

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. — The Boy Scouts of America broke ground Wednesday on a welcome center along U.S. 19 that will serve as a “window” into the 14,000-acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

Made possible through a gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust, the center will be located just south of Sun Mine Road and is expected to welcome thousands of Scouting youth, adult members and volunteers as well as visitors who are interested in learning more about the Rubys, Scouting, the Summit and West Virginia.

 J. Dan McCarthy, director of Summit Bechtel Reserve, said each visitor to the reserve will enter through the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center, designed by Thrasher Engineering.

“Coming north or south along U.S.19, you will have a spectacular view of this facility. West Virginia wild flowers will adorn the grounds and the parking areas will be integrated into the national topography, preserving both the character and environmental features of the site,” he said.

The center is expected to provide parking for more than 12,000 vehicles.

The facility will also function as a rest stop with indoor and outdoor restrooms, retail space, exhibit areas, an indoor theater and an indoor climbing wall…

 

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