Helvetia, West Virginia is a small Swiss village in a high mountain valley. The original Swiss and German settlers arrived in 1869 and their descendants remain. Due to the isolation of the area, the traditions of dance, music, food, and holidays have survived through the generations. Popular events include: Fasnacht, Ramp Supper, Follow Your Bliss Festival, Swiss National Day, Helvetia Fair, and monthly Square Dances. Businesses include the Hutte Restaurant, Beekeeper Bed and Breakfast, and Kultur Haus Helvetia which contains the Helvetia Mask Museum, the Helvetia General Store, the Helvetia Post Office, the Alpen Lodge, and the Helvetia Research Center. Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia details the background of the community and its people.
This Web site provides information on activities in the Helvetia area. It is updated as information is received and a monthly E-mail newsletter, Helvetia Highlights, is sent to those who sign up.
Saturday, September 7. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Monday, September 9. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 4:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, September 15. Helvetia Fair. HelvetiaFair.com. (Facebook)
Sunday, September 15. Helvetia Mountain Run. 9:00 a.m. https://www.wvmtr.org/races/helvetia/.
Wednesday, September 18. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 24. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 6. WV Homegrown Harvest Fest. https://www.facebook.com/events/626898507814926/.
Saturday, October 5. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Monday, October 14. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 4:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Wednesday, October 16. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 19. Helvetia Sesquicentennial. Living History Demonstrations and Ox Sandwiches. $12.00 for a two sandwich meal and $8.00 for a one sandwich meal. 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Meadow. Settlers' Play. $5.00 adults, kids free. 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Community Hall. Square Dance. $5.00 adults, kids free. 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Sunday, October 20. Historic Walk. A three mile hike along the original settlers' trail. Light refreshments afterward. Free. 2:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Tuesday, October 29. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.