Background & History of West Virginia's Palace of
Prabhupada's Palace of Gold was
built by devotees as the first of seven
temples to be built in America, meant to resemble the seven main temples in Vrindavan,
India. Since opening in 1979, the Palace of Gold has welcomed
visitors from all over the world, and guided tours are available.
The Palace is located a few miles off Route 250 near Limestone, WV
which isn't very far from Moundsville, WV.
In addition to the lovely architecture, another
beautiful feature of the Palace of Gold is the Rose Garden, which is
full of All-American Rose Selections and especially beautiful
(looking and smelling) during the summer months. Over the past years, awards have included the "Outstanding Rose Garden in
There is an RVC Temple just beyond the Palace grounds. Food is
available from April through November in the snack bar or
restaurant. Overnight accommodations can be arranged for in a
cottage or the guest lodge. This area of West Virginia is hilly and
has beautiful vistas in all directions. Route 250 used to be a favorite of
local motorcyclists due to its twisty curves and scenic forest
views but heavy truck traffic related to local drilling and fracking
have damaged the road.