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Appalachian Forest Discovery Center

The Appalachian Forest Discovery Center museum and visitor center is located on the first floor of the historic Darden Mill in downtown Elkins, West Virginia. Here, the visitor will learn about the Appalachian region’s rich cultural and forest heritage: how the people of this region interacted with this dynamic forest resource and how it, in turn, molded and influenced them. You can also get information here about other forest heritage sites to visit in AFHA, and purchase forest heritage related items in our gift shop.

The Discovery Center permanent exhibit, Discovering the Appalachian Forest, explores AFHA’s four theme topics:

  • Natural Forest

  • Forest History

  • Forestry

  • Forest Culture.


In addition there is also a new exhibit each year exploring one of these topics in more depth. For 2017, this rotating exhibit focused on Forestry and its history, legacy, and impact on the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.

Forestry -- Sustaining the Appalachian Forest: Healthy Forests for the Common Good

See Images of the Forestry Exhibit HERE.


The Appalachian Forest Discovery Center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 9:30 am to 5 pm, from May through October, or by appointment. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Contact us at or call 304-637-6182.

The museum is located on the first floor of the Darden Mill, #2 Railroad Ave., Elkins, West Virginia 26241 one block south of the Elkins Depot in downtown Elkins, at the intersection of Railroad Ave and First Street. The GPS coordinates are: 38.9233465 and -79.8532057.

The West Virginia Railroad Museum is located on the second floor of the Darden Mill.


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