Considering that Richmond Virginia was the heart of the Confederacy it is surprising that the good folk in the northwestern of that state chose to remain loyal to the Union. Part of that probably had to do with not many people up there could afford a slave, even if they wanted one, which most evidently didn’t. They were rewarded for their loyalty by becoming a separate State from those who chose otherwise.
We didn’t spend enough time in West Virginia to really get to know any of the locals but from what I have read and observed they are a unique and friendly bunch. Some day I hope to go back to WV and get to know them a little better.