Showcase is a must visit when arriving at Cass, W.Va. The diorama is a work of art and depicts the Town of Cass when it was a booming logging community. A short film helps visitors understand what this community meant to West Virginia and the world beyond. The 20-30 minutes you spend with the interpreter, the video and getting questions answered about the town, history, and character of Cass makes this fee free activity priceless in more ways than one.
Friday Evenings at the Showcase
Friday's a 7:00p.m. there will be a film or documentary playing. Open to anyone looking for an evening activity. Weekly playbill is posted at the Visitor Center and Park Headquarters. No charge.
The Company Store houses the retail/gift shop, a museum and also the Last Run Restaurant. Operated by the Bodkin Sisters, this restaurant features good cookin’, will pack lunches for trips up the mountain, and a hearty welcome to Cass. Sandwiches, daily specials, and beverages are available at reasonable rates. Bald Knob ticket purchase includes lunch.
The Last Run Restaurant was featured in the “101 Unique Places to Dine” (in West Virginia) in 2009. The restaurant is a step back in time with good food and great people preparing it for you.
Located in the Company Store Building, and founded by Kyle J. Neighbors, the museum features items and artifacts of Cass. Open to the public at no charge, visitors can learn more about the trains, community spirit and history of Cass and the surrounding area.
Gather at the fire pit on Saturday's at 7:00 p.m. Meet park staff and enjoy time that can include storytelling, ghost tales, nature-yap, or even a marshmallow roast. Fire Pit Fun is seasonal and occurs on Saturday's from May 19 – November 1, weather permitting.
Take a guided walking tour of the maintenance shops that restore, repair, and maintain the locomotives and passenger cars to exacting standards. On your way to the shops, you will pass the site of the sawmill that produced the finished lumber for shipment to customers all over the country. At the shops, you will see the locomotives being prepared for the day’s operations. Inside the shops are the many machines and tools used to keep the locomotives operating. Depending on the work being done, you may see locomotives in various stages of repair and get to talk to the people who do the work.
Tour schedules are posted at the Visitor Center and Park Headquarters. There are multiple locomotive shop tours per day, Tuesday – Sunday. There is not charge for this experience.
Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op offers an awesome retail shop at Cass. The "Shops at Leatherbark Ford" features handcrafted items and artistry and located in former craft shop in the Town of Cass. (On the Cass Town Map the building is marked ‘G’ – Shops at Leatherbark Ford.) Products include paintings and artwork, needlework, quilts, blacksmithing, baskets, soaps, and more. The shop is open through October, Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The main cooperative shop, Fourth Avenue Gallery, is located in Marlinton.
Take a guided walking tour of the Town of Cass, Tuesday – Sunday. Discover the many interesting structures in the Town and find out what they were used for in the logging days. Departure times are posted at the Visitor Center and Park Headquarters. There are multiple departures each day.
A self-guided tour pamphlet is available at the park office for guests that enjoy walking through a living historic town.
The town map shows the streets and buildings that are renovated. Remember those with numbers are vacation rental units. We ask visitors to be considerate when looking at these structures.