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, March 2. Fasnacht.
Monday, March 11. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 4:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Pickens Maple Syrup Festival. Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 17. http://pickenswv.squarespace.com/maple-syrup-festival/
Wednesday, March 20. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 6. First Saturday Square Dance. Adults $5. Age 12 and under, $2. 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Star Band (Red) Hall.
Monday, April 8. Monthly meeting of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization. 4:00 p.m. at the Helvetia Public Library.
Wednesday, April 17. Farm Women's Club Meeting. 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20. Pickens Ramp Supper. Ramps, ham, cornbread, beans, fried potatoes, applesauce, cole slaw, and dessert. 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. American Legion Hall. $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12. 304-924-5813. Sponsored by Pickens Post 122 American Legion.
Wednesday, April 24. Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. At the Library. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27. Helvetia Ramp Supper. Enjoy ramps, ham, fried potatoes, soup beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and cornbread with desserts and beverages. $15 adult, $7 ages 5 - 12, 4 and under are free. Starts at 2 p.m. A square dance with music by the Helvetia Star Band follows 8:00 - 11:00. $5. Community Hall.
Mark Your Calendars: October 19-20, 2019 - Helvetia Days - Come celebrate Helvetia's Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary. Founded in 1869, this small Swiss village celebrates 150 years of Swiss culture, food, and homesteading in West Virginia. Pickens High School seniors are writing a play to be performed community members, we will host a square dance, go on a historic walk, and more. Celebration plans are still in the works. Mark your calendars and watch for more details soon.