Pumpkin Patches in West Virginia
Find farms near Wheeling, Harpers Ferry or Charleston on our list of West Virginia pumpkin patches. Many have entertainment including corn mazes, haunted houses, hayrides, general stores, petting zoos, and children’s activities. Most open mid-September for pumpkins and Halloween type fun. Find some of the best pick your own pumpkin patches in West Virginia below. Also do not miss the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival held October 1-4, 2015 in Milton, WV.
2015 Pick Your Own Pumpkins
Harpers Ferry, WV
Ridgefield Farm and Orchard – Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. A working farm since 1898, Ridgefield Farm & Orchard is located a little over an hour from Baltimore and Washington, DC. It has been run by Scott Beard and Alan Gibson since 2003. Pick a pumpkin, enjoy a hayride, and get confused in the Corn Maze. Also enjoy picking your own apples, fresh apple cider, magic shows, live music, the pirate ship and their country store. Get scared at Haunting Season on Friday and Saturday nights. Learn more on Facebook or Twitter. The farm is located at 414 Kidwiler Road, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.
Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze – Inwood, WV. Glencoe Farm is a 7th generation farm with (currently) 175 acres that has been run by the McDonald family since the late 1700s. Enjoy the pumpkin, hayrides, 5 acre corn maze, playground, petting zoo, kiddie korn kastle, zip line, corn table, tube slides and antique tractor display. Learn more on Facebook. It is located at 1597 Arden Nollville Rd., Inwood, WV 25428. It is approximately 21 miles west of Harpers Ferry.
Orr’s Farm Market – Martinsburg, WV. A family owned farm started by George S. Orr, Jr. in 1954 and continued by his family. They opened their retail market in 1995 and offer a variety of pick your own crops, including pumpkins. The pumpkin patch is open from mid-September to Halloween. Enjoy the hayride, small corn maze and pick a pumpkin. Learn more about the farm on Facebook. The farm is located at 682 Orr Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25403 or about 25 miles west of Harpers Ferry.
Okes Family Farms – Cool Ridge, WV. Take a free wagon ride on the weekend to the 4+ acre patch. They generally do featured special events on certain weekends in late September and October, such as a bbq, selling apple butter, making apple cider, and carving pumpkins. They also have a corn maze, corn cannon, farm animals, snack/refreshment stand and a picnic area. Note: They do not take debit or credit cards. They are located about 51 miles west of Lewisburg at 614 Blue Jay 6 Rd, Cool Ridge, WV 25825.
Byrnside Branch Farm – Union, WV. Join them for a hayride and pumpkin picking this fall. Also available at the farm are a little corn maze, petting zoo, mini hay maze, and fire pits. Learn more on their Facebook page. The farm is located 20 miles south of Lewisburg at HC 76 Box 3A, Union, WV 24983
Cooper Family Farm – Milton, WV. It features a corn maze, zombie paintball, pumpkin patch, Field of Screams haunted corn maze and zip lines for the whole family. They open the first weekend in September with parking at 1 Panther Trail, Milton, WV 25541. It is approximately 33 miles west of Charleston, WV.
Gritt’s Farm – Buffalo, WV. It features pick your own pumpkins plus a huge corn maze, hay slide mountain, kid’s hay maze, hay rides, kid’s activities, campfires, and apple cannons. The farm is located at 355 Gritt Road, Buffalo, WV. It is approximately 35 miles northwest of Charleston, WV.
Pumpkins were first grown in the New World. They were originally grown by Native American farmers in combination with other crops along river banks. The squash and pumpkins were first grown along with sunflowers and beans. Then they were grown with maize (corn) and beans. The “Three Sisters,” as they are known, aid each other in growth. The squash prevents weeds and preserves moisture in the ground. The corn serves as a trellis for the beans to grow, and their growth helps to stabilize the corn in the wind. The pumpkins looked different than the ones which are turned into jack-o-lanterns today. How about some Jack-o-Lantern History.
The word pumpkin, despite the American origin of the plant, has greek origins. In Greek, Pepon means large melon. As the word and squash gained use in France, England and America, the word pumpkin emerge.
Did you know that October 26th each year is National Pumpkin Day?
Fun Facts About Halloween Pumpkins
Before Columbus, pumpkins were not a native fruit in Europe. Jack O’Lanterns were carved from turnips or gourds. Pumpkins were native to Central America for over 5000 years before being brought back to Europe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier. Pumpkins are a fruit and really a member of the squash family which includes melons, cucumbers, gourds and more. The Irish are credited with bringing pumpkin carving to America. Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible. It generally takes 80-120 days for a pumpkin to go from seed to grown fruit. Most pumpkins in the United States are ripened and used in October. Funtober has more information on pumpkins here.
Circleville Pumpkin Show “The Greatest Free Show On Earth”
The small town of Circleville, Ohio is located just south of Columbus. It has a population of 12,000 which has over 400,000 visitors to their annual downtown pumpkin festival. This year the Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 21st – 24th, 2015. The four day event features seven different pumpkin parades with 50 bands and 40 floats. There are over 300 food and craft vendors with 30 plus amusement carnival rides. Expect to find lots of band music, stage acts, pageants, pumpkin pie eating, and even hog calling contests. This is one spectacular event that started back in 1903.