Interview: Joseph H. Deacon III

How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?

I returned to West Virginia in 2004 after going out of state for my undergraduate education. I grew up in Winfield, so West Virginia is home to me. I settled in Charleston because I felt that the it had some of the amenities of a big city, with a small community feel.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?

I think that the overall vibe in Charleston is positive, and laid back.

Which season is Charleston at its best?

The fall; the changing colors are incredible.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?

Festivall has become a great event and seems to keep getting bigger every year. It offers a great music and arts experience and has events all over the city.

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?

The capital of West Virginia, with a small town feel.

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?

Laury’s, The Blossom Deli, Ichiban, Bluegrass Kitchen, SOHO’s,

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourists must visit?

The Capitol Complex, The Clay Center, The Capitol Market

What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?

Tour The Clay Center, Go to Mountain Stage if possible, last but not least Tudor’s Biscuit World

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?

Mountain Stage, Appalachain Power Park, Live on the Levee, take a walk on the Boulevard and take in the scenery.

Joseph H. Deacon IIIJoseph H. Deacon III is the co-owner of Deacon & Deacon Insurance Agency located in downtown Charleston, WV and lives on the East End near the capitol. Joseph helps people plan their financial homes with insurance and investment products from some of the most respected companies in the business. He helps people and employer groups with life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, long term care insurance, IRA’s, 401 (k) rollovers, and employee benefits. Feel free to visit the website at or call him at (304) 720-5641.