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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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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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Traveling 219 Receives AASLH History Award
September 30, 2014 |

Traveling 219 Receives AASLH History Award

Also, check out the Charleston Gazette article on the Traveling 219 project from September 21, 2014: ‘Traveling 219’ shares highlands highway heritage ! The Traveling 219 Project Wins 2014 AASLH Award of Merit NASHVILLE, TN—June 2014—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Traveling 219 Project is the recipient of an Award […]

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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

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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Cal Price and the Fabulous Feline Hoax
June 13, 2014 |

Cal Price and the Fabulous Feline Hoax

“Nobody in Pocahontas County has the slightest doubt but what the name of Cal Price will live on forever after he dies, that is if you can find anybody who believes he will die,” fellow journalist Jim Comstock wrote in 1953. “Most Pocahontasites think of him just living on and on like the trees of the forest.” Price was the editor of the Pocahontas Times for over 50 years, and his name indeed lives on.

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Marlinton to Lewisburg

Mill Point Prison Revisited
August 22, 2014 |

Mill Point Prison Revisited

If you’ve already listened to the Traveling 219 Mill Point Prison story you’re familiar with Ed and Agnes Friel, who spent time around the prison camp as kids while their parents worked there. Ed recently sent us these photos from a visit Agnes’ parents took to the prison camp a few years after it had […]

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Cougars in Pocahontas County
July 16, 2014 |

Cougars in Pocahontas County

We recently came across mention of Francis McCoy–known as “the strongman of the mountains” in the 19th century–who supposedly killed the last panther in West Virginia is 1887. The story relates that McCoy and his friend Col. Cecil Clay of New York, who had lost one of his arms in the Civil War, treed and […]

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Little Levels Heritage Fair
June 30, 2014 |

Little Levels Heritage Fair

The 17th Annual Little Levels Heritage Fair was held this past weekend at the historic Pearl S. Buck Birthplace in Hillsboro in Pocahontas County.  Events included music, an old fashioned barbecue pig roast, arts and crafts vendors, and parades through town. The fair also celebrated Pearl S. Buck’s birthday, as well as the 100th anniversary of […]

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Lewisburg to Rich Creek

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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The Blue Bubbling Water: Sweet Springs
July 18, 2014 |

The Blue Bubbling Water: Sweet Springs

“In its day a fashionable spa, one of the oldest in the South, now drowses by the roadside, lost in dreams of a glamorous past. Renowned as Old Sweet, it opened as a watering place in 1792.”- West Virginia Writers’ Project, 1941.

Listen to a 102 year old resident of Sweet Springs, Pauline Baker, who learned to swim in the pure, blue water at the once famous resort.

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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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