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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

Special Activity: Fund Raising for Kultur Haus Helvetia Roof. The roof on the store and lodge areas is in terrible shape, leaking, and causing internal damage. (A more complete description.) Approximately $10,000 has been raised so far and an estimated $3000 is still needed. Please make your tax deductible donation checks payable to "Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization" (a 501C3 corporation), earmark for “Kultur Haus Helvetia Roof,” and mail to: HRDO, P.O. Box 10, Helvetia, WV 26224.

Saturday, July 5. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. Community Hall.

Tuesday, July 8. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.

Wednesday, July 23. Farm Women's Club Meeting.

Wednesday, July 23. Helvetia Public Library Board meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 2. Swiss National Day Celebration

  • 5:00 p.m. Cookout in the meadow: bratwurst, fresh veggies, chips and dip, homemade cookies, and more. If there is rain, this will be moved to the Pavilion at the Community Hall.
  • 6:00 p.m. Traditional Swiss dancing, music, and singing.
  • 8:00 Square dance. Adults $5, students $2.

Tuesday, August 5. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 6 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.

Wednesday, August 27. Farm Women's Club Meeting.

Wednesday, August 27. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.