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Over Bonnie Mural in Marlinton
February 8, 2015 |

Over Bonnie Mural in Marlinton

Pocahontas County artist Molly Must created the Over Bonnie mural in downtown Marlinton, an ode to the West Virginia poet laureate and Buckeye, W. Va.-born Louise McNeill. The mural illustrates the transformation of Appalachia in the 19th and 20th century from the writings of local G.D. McNeill and the poems of his daughter, Louise. Click […]

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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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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

Over Bonnie Mural in Marlinton
February 8, 2015 |

Over Bonnie Mural in Marlinton

Pocahontas County artist Molly Must created the Over Bonnie mural in downtown Marlinton, an ode to the West Virginia poet laureate and Buckeye, W. Va.-born Louise McNeill. The mural illustrates the transformation of Appalachia in the 19th and 20th century from the writings of local G.D. McNeill and the poems of his daughter, Louise. Click […]

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Marlinton Residents Try to Remain Optimistic this Christmas
December 23, 2014 |

Marlinton Residents Try to Remain Optimistic this Christmas

Traditions are a big part of Appalachian culture. And for the people of Marlinton, W.Va. that means that not even a fire could keep them from a Christmas celebration. A fire devastated one block of Main Street Marlinton, West Virginia in November of last year. Kelly Taber with Allegheny Mountain Radio reports that the  town […]

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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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Marlinton to Lewisburg

For Over 140 Years, The Monroe Watchman Continues to Tell Local Stories
January 29, 2015 |

For Over 140 Years, The Monroe Watchman Continues to Tell Local Stories

By Gibbs Kinderman Local weekly papers are a continuing tradition in many small WV counties – almost 50 of them still survive in this era of mass media and on-line news. Monroe County is one of the most tradition-oriented in West Virginia, and its paper, the Monroe Watchman, has come out each week for over […]

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More Timeless Memories from the Mill Point General Store
December 23, 2014 |

More Timeless Memories from the Mill Point 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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Marlinton Residents Try to Remain Optimistic this Christmas
December 23, 2014 |

Marlinton Residents Try to Remain Optimistic this Christmas

Traditions are a big part of Appalachian culture. And for the people of Marlinton, W.Va. that means that not even a fire could keep them from a Christmas celebration. A fire devastated one block of Main Street Marlinton, West Virginia in November of last year. Kelly Taber with Allegheny Mountain Radio reports that the  town […]

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Lewisburg to Rich Creek

Hot Blackberry Picking Days, and Rocks, and Snakes
January 12, 2015 |

Hot Blackberry Picking Days, and Rocks, and Snakes

By Sheila Bowyer Kline. It was a hot, humid, lazy kind of summer day….you know the kind when it is so dang hot you can fry an egg on a concrete sidewalk? Yeah, that hot. “Hot as blazes!” the old timers would say. But I reckon since we were living on our farm in the hills of Southern West […]

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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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