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Woody Simmons: Randolph County Fiddler
December 14, 2014 |

Woody Simmons: Randolph County Fiddler

Woodford Harmon “Woody”  Simmons was born on Becky’s Creek, a rural community near Mill Creek in Randolph County WV, on November 13, 1911.  His first instrument was a banjo made by his father in the blacksmith shop on their farm, and the first tune he learned to play was Silent Night. He was eight years […]

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Turkey Drives Down 219
November 26, 2014 |

Turkey Drives Down 219

“You don’t see people raising turkeys now. When I grew up, everyone had turkeys,” recalls Layuna Rapp, who grew up on a family Dairy Farm outside of Frankford, W.Va. This photo is dated 1900 in Lewisburg. The turkeys were probably being driven down the road from a farm in Greenbrier or Monroe County to be […]

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Sunshine Girls of Allegheny Mountain Radio
November 23, 2014 |

Sunshine Girls of Allegheny Mountain Radio

Allegheny Mountain  Radio is the home town, homespun broadcast service for Pocahontas, one of the 219 counties. The “Dog Gone” lost animal report is a regular feature. Sometimes it can get a little hilarious, especially when the Sunshine Girls, Mary Paul and Caroline Cassell, are doing the Report. here’s a recent example.  

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Deep Creek Lake to Elkins

Silver Lake, West Virginia
November 23, 2014 |

Silver Lake, West Virginia

by Matt Wilson Silver Lake is a small community located in the southeastern part of Preston County near the West Virginia-Maryland border. The community is named for a man-made lake of the same name, which is located within a private campground in the community. Built in 1928, the lake is retained by a small concrete […]

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Young Elkins Musicians Help Revive Old Time Music
June 27, 2014 |

Young Elkins Musicians Help Revive Old Time Music

photo of the Alleycats outside the Delmonte in Elkins, by Bill King. The Tribble’s house stands out from the street because of the solar panels on the roof, and because even from outside you can hear the sound of 16-year-old Walter King warming up his fiddle. Beside him stands Nevada Tribble, with long, straight red […]

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Civil War Sites Along (and near) U.S. Rt. 219
June 10, 2014 |

Civil War Sites Along (and near) U.S. Rt. 219

You can zoom in and out of this map and click & drag it to move around and explore it. Click on the different colored markers for more information on that particular civil war site.   Timeline of Events in West Virginia during the Civil War along or near U.S. Route 219. 1861: June 3, […]

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Elkins to Marlinton

Johnny Hill Won the 1983 Pocahontas County Liar’s Contest With This Magical Tall Tale
December 20, 2014 |

Johnny Hill Won the 1983 Pocahontas County Liar’s Contest With This Magical Tall Tale

Now here’s something you don’t hear about everyday: A chicken that lays wooden eggs. It’s a tall tale told by a man named Johnny Hill, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Gibbs Kinderman brings us this archived recording of Johnny Hill’s magical story about some very peculiar hens. The above photo of the chickens was taken […]

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Allegheny Echoes: Learning W. Va. Old Time Music at its Source
July 11, 2014 |

Allegheny Echoes: Learning W. Va. Old Time Music at its Source

For one week each June, Marlinton, West Virginia lights up with the sound of fiddles and banjos. The weeklong workshop, Allegheny Echoes, attracts nearly 150 students each year to the mountains of Pocahontas County to play and learn traditional West Virginia old-time music. The epicenter of Allegheny Echoes is the Marlinton Motor Inn, where classes […]

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Young Elkins Musicians Help Revive Old Time Music
June 27, 2014 |

Young Elkins Musicians Help Revive Old Time Music

photo of the Alleycats outside the Delmonte in Elkins, by Bill King. The Tribble’s house stands out from the street because of the solar panels on the roof, and because even from outside you can hear the sound of 16-year-old Walter King warming up his fiddle. Beside him stands Nevada Tribble, with long, straight red […]

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Marlinton to Lewisburg

Johnny Hill Won the 1983 Pocahontas County Liar’s Contest With This Magical Tall Tale
December 20, 2014 |

Johnny Hill Won the 1983 Pocahontas County Liar’s Contest With This Magical Tall Tale

Now here’s something you don’t hear about everyday: A chicken that lays wooden eggs. It’s a tall tale told by a man named Johnny Hill, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Gibbs Kinderman brings us this archived recording of Johnny Hill’s magical story about some very peculiar hens. The above photo of the chickens was taken […]

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Remembering One Little General Store
November 27, 2014 |

Remembering One Little General Store

By Gibbs Kinderman Country general stores  were the center of community life a hundred years ago along what is now US 219 in West Virginia. They often housed the local post office and provided an informal meeting place for discussion of local affairs and the great issues of the day. These stores sold staples – […]

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Turkey Drives Down 219
November 26, 2014 |

Turkey Drives Down 219

“You don’t see people raising turkeys now. When I grew up, everyone had turkeys,” recalls Layuna Rapp, who grew up on a family Dairy Farm outside of Frankford, W.Va. This photo is dated 1900 in Lewisburg. The turkeys were probably being driven down the road from a farm in Greenbrier or Monroe County to be […]

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Lewisburg to Rich Creek

Greenville
December 9, 2014 |

Greenville

This article is by guest contributor Jeffrey Kanode The land is gentle and the road is narrow which leads up to the little town of Greenville, on state road 122, off of US 219. In the center of town, beside the Greenville Post Office and across from a redbrick building which used to house the […]

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Turkey Drives Down 219
November 26, 2014 |

Turkey Drives Down 219

“You don’t see people raising turkeys now. When I grew up, everyone had turkeys,” recalls Layuna Rapp, who grew up on a family Dairy Farm outside of Frankford, W.Va. This photo is dated 1900 in Lewisburg. The turkeys were probably being driven down the road from a farm in Greenbrier or Monroe County to be […]

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Country Music Dance Hall Takes Honky-Tonk Fans Back in Time
August 15, 2014 |

Country Music Dance Hall Takes Honky-Tonk Fans Back in Time

Down in Greenbrier County, West Virginia the American Heritage Music Hall in Ronceverte has a devoted following. The venue started as a small informal living room jam among friends and soon grew into a non-profit organization with its own venue. Now the Music Hall hosts weekly jams and monthly concerts. Dan Schultz of Traveling 219 […]

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