About Huntington, WV

Nestled between the banks of the majestic Ohio River and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is a city founded in 1871 by railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington. Huntington, West Virginia, boasts a thriving business community and a lively downtown. The community also affords a comfortable lifestyle, a low cost of living, state-of-the-art healthcare, modern educational facilities, and unrivaled natural beauty. Recreational activities in the Huntington region are as diverse as the people who live there. The rolling hills beckon hikers and bikers, the Ohio River and lakes entice boaters, water skiers, and fishermen, and an abundance of parks welcome visitors of all ages to enjoy nature.

Marshall University is located in beautiful Huntington, or H-town, as the locals like to call it! As part of the Tri-State area (West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky), Huntington offers you a touch of old-fashioned Southern hospitality!

A bustling downtown anchors H-town. Stop by Pullman Square, a center for activity with its lively retail, dining, and entertainment spaces. Not to be forgotten is Heritage Station, a can’t-miss historic train depot featuring locally made ceramics, glass pieces, fine art, jewelry, and artisan foods. Are you of the foodie persuasion? H-town offers international flavors from upscale experiences, farm-to-table meals, and the always-reliable casual dining.

Soak in H-town’s robust art scene with a trip to the Huntington Museum of Art where you will find the state’s only plant conservatory. At 75-acre Ritter Park, you will find the nationally recognized Rose Garden which contains more than 200 varieties of roses–aroma therapy indeed! A short drive away is Beech Fork State Park with its miles of shoreline, perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

Interesting facts:

•The Tri-State area experiences all four seasons. Cost of living is very reasonable, with housing being slightly less than half the national average(per U.S. News & World Report).
•Huntington proudly claimed the title of “America’s Best Community” after being named the $3 million grand prize winner in the America’s Best Communities competition.
•Huntington has received a first-place award in the National League of Cities’ City Cultural Diversity Awards Program.

Contact Us


Marshall University
School of Art & Design
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755


Email: art@marshall.edu


Phone: 304-696-6760


Fax: 304-696-6505


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