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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, Helvetia Day, and monthly Square Dances. Businesses include the Hutte Restaurant, Beekeeper Bed and Breakfast, Honey Haus, 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.

Helvetia Highlights

Notice: Fasnacht photos are available at http://helvetiawv.com/Events/Fasnacht/Fasnacht.htm.

Saturday, February 7. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 7:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.

Tuesday, February 10. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.

Saturday, February 14. Fasnacht.

  • 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Helvetia Mask Museum and General Store are Open in Kultur Haus Helvetia.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Open mic and food. Star Band (Red) Hall.
  • 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sampler plate served all day. Hutte Restaurant.
  • 8:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Lampion (candlelight) parade - Star Band Hall to Community Hall.
  • 8:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Judging costumes - Prizes - Community Hall.
  • 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. Masked Ball - Community Hall.
  • 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Burning Old man Winter - outside Community Hall.
  • Bring a sleeping bag and stay in the Red Hall for $5 per person.

Wednesday, February 25. Farm Women's Club Meeting.

Wednesday, February 25. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 7:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.

Sunday, March 8. Helvetia Fair Directors' Meeting. Polly Hull's house. 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.

Saturday March 21 - Sunday March 22. Maple Syrup Festival. http://pickenswv.com/maple-syrup-festival/

Wednesday, March 25. Farm Women's Club Meeting.

Wednesday, March 25. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.