Webster County native Josh Stewart made his studio feature film debut in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


He’s racked up film credits ever since, including appearances in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises. Stewart can currently be seen in the movie Insidious: The Last Key, or on your TV: he plays Detective William LaMontagne on Criminal Minds and Solotov in Shooter. He’s also finishing up Back Fork, an indie drama about Appalachia’s opioid addiction problem.

WV Living asked Stewart to put the spotlight on his favorite spots around his home county:

1. Holly River State Park

Holly River State Park is the epitome of West Virginia’s beauty. It’s truly Almost Heaven. From the time I was a kid, we ran the mountains on the hiking trails, camped, swam in the river or the pool, and ate too many meals at the restaurant to count. Amazing beauty, amazing people, amazing memories.

2. The back fork of Elk River

There’s not a time that I’m home that I don’t find the Back Fork. I learned to hunt along her banks and raise a trout from her waters. Since I’ve been gone, there’s no place I long for more. I dream of the Back Fork.

3. Main Street of Webster Springs

To find those familiar faces and warm hearts of small town West Virginia, I look no further than Main Street. Whether you’re sitting on the benches at the Courthouse Square, looking at local artisans’ newest works at the Addison Center, or having a couple chili dogs and a milkshake at the famous Custard Stand, you’ll always be met with a smile and a hello. My home.

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