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, 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, April 1. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Tuesday, April 11. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 2:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Saturday, April 15. Pickens Ramp Supper. Ramps, ham, cornbread, beans, fried potatoes, applesauce, cole slaw, and dessert. 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. American Legion Hall. $14 for adults, $5 for children under 12. 304-924-5813. Sponsored by Pickens Post 122 American Legion.
Wednesday, April 26. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29. Helvetia Ramp Supper. Enjoy ramps, ham, fried potatoes, soup beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and cornbread with desserts and beverages. $15 adult. Starts at 2 p.m. A square dance with music by the Helvetia Star Band follows. $5. Community Hall.
Wednesday, May 3. Farm Women's Club Meeting. Eleanor Betler's home. 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Tuesday, May 9. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 2:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Saturday, May 13. Pickens School Alumni/Senior Banquet.
Friday, May 19 - Sunday May 21. Dare to be Square. mountaindancetrail.org/364-2/.
Wednesday, May 24. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.