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Ellenboro, West Virginia: Hillybilly Marble Maker Sam Hogue

Sam Hogue crafts large glass marbles and will demonstrate his "crystal creation" techniques to any visitors.

Sam's Mountain Marbles

Lee St., Ellenboro, WV
Sam's Mountain Marbles, Star Route 83, on Old Route 50 at Lee St. A large sign in town points to the studio behind Sam's house.
M-F 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Hillybilly Marble Maker Sam Hogue.

Hillybilly Marble Maker Sam Hogue

Since the last tip update was over two years ago, I was skeptical we would find Mr. Hogue at home making marbles. But he was! It was fun to hear about his process, and he has quite the production studio. There's lots to see and learn, and Mr. Hogue is eager to share. A fading art and craft. Go see it before you can't!

[Michelle Stitzlein, 08/24/2023]
Hillbilly Marble Maker Sam Hogue

It was everything we hoped for and more. Sam is so genuine: what you see is what you get. He obviously loves his craft and is delighted to share his knowledge with everyone. His marbles are gorgeous and I am so glad we made the trip.

[Paula Jesse, 11/07/2021]


Hillybilly Marble Maker Sam Hogue

My daughter and I stopped in and watched Sammy create amazing marbles. He is truly talented and so humble! Go support him and stop in to say hi!

[Lisa S, 03/13/2019]

Marble making.

Hillybilly Marble Maker Sam Hogue

If you're anywhere near northwest West Virginia, take a side trip to this guy's home and workshop. He's a real hoot and you'll be fascinated watching him make glass marbles. Working with molten glass is quickly becoming a lost art; see it while this old-timer is still around to do it. I spent a great couple of hours there and and I highly, highly recommend it.

[Jerry D, 03/05/2019]
Sam's Mountain Marbles

We were on vacation and decided to visit Sam and his marbles. We are so glad that we did! He is very passionate about his creations. He talked all about his life working in a glass factory and his progression to creating these works of art.

[Ed Artler, 07/11/2017]

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