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.
Saturday, November 1. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 7:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Sunday, November 2. Helvetia Community Meeting. 2 p.m. at the Community Hall.
Tuesday, November 11. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Wednesday, November 26. Farm Women's Club Meeting.
Wednesday, November 26. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 27. Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone is invited. Turkey is supplied and a covered dish from each family will be appreciated. This is a gathering of the community and has been going on for many, many years. 6 p.m. at the Community Hall.
Saturday, December 6. Feast of Saint Nicholas. Bring the kids for some Christmas fun and participation in an old Swiss tradition. Baking and decorating Christmas cookies and Swiss grittibanz, games, refreshments, reading of the traditional Saint Nicholas story, and a visit from Saint Nicholas himself who will bring treats for the children. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Potluck dinner for children and adults starts at 5:30 p.m. Square Dance. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. All events are at the Community Hall.
Saturday, December 6. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 7:00 p.m. Community Hall.
Tuesday, December 9. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Wednesday, December 24. Farm Women's Club Meeting.
Wednesday, December 24. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.