219 Blog

Rainbow over U.S. Route 219
July 1, 2014 |

Rainbow over U.S. Route 219

A beautiful rainbow in Hillsboro in Pocahontas County on Monday evening.     For more amazing photos from the road click here!  

Read More

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 […]

Read More

John Steinbeck Praised the State Guide Books
June 20, 2014 |

John Steinbeck Praised the State Guide Books

By Gibbs Kinderman: The “Traveling 219” project was inspired by the New Deal Federal Writers Project and the Guides to the States it produced. Nobel Prize winning writer John Steinbeck, who was a struggling young author when he was hired to work for the Writers’ Project, was also a big fan of these amazing books. […]

Read More

Deep Creek Lake to Elkins

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

The 1892 Civil Rights Case of Coketon, West Virginia
May 9, 2014 |

The 1892 Civil Rights Case of Coketon, West Virginia

About a year ago, a new historical marker sign went up in front of the Tucker County Court House, in Parsons, West Virginia along U.S. Route 219. The sign commemorates an exceptional story in West Virginia history, when a brave African American school teacher stood up to her local school board and sued them for […]

Read More

Elkins to Marlinton

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 […]

Read More

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.

Read More

Calvin Price: “I Saw the Panther”, and Many Others Did Too
June 13, 2014 |

Calvin Price: “I Saw the Panther”, and Many Others Did Too

“I saw the panther. I whistled at him, and he growled at me,”- Calvin Price, 1956. Skip Johnson was a well followed outdoors writer for the Charleston Gazette. He passed away in 2010, but a book that he completed just before his death, called West Virginia Mountain Lions, the Past Present and Future of the […]

Read More

Marlinton to Lewisburg

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 […]

Read More

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.

Read More

Calvin Price: “I Saw the Panther”, and Many Others Did Too
June 13, 2014 |

Calvin Price: “I Saw the Panther”, and Many Others Did Too

“I saw the panther. I whistled at him, and he growled at me,”- Calvin Price, 1956. Skip Johnson was a well followed outdoors writer for the Charleston Gazette. He passed away in 2010, but a book that he completed just before his death, called West Virginia Mountain Lions, the Past Present and Future of the […]

Read More

Lewisburg to Rich Creek

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, […]

Read More

Farming, Love, and the Ellison Farm
May 9, 2014 |

Farming, Love, and the Ellison Farm

Judy and Warren Ellison celebrated their 70th anniversary last year. Click play to listen to the radio story, or download the story for later. 89-year-old Warren Ellison has been farming in Monroe County since he returned home from World War II. Over lunch at the Ellison farm, Traveling 219′s Roxy Todd recorded Warren talking about […]

Read More

John Wesley Methodist Church in Lewisburg
April 24, 2014 |

John Wesley Methodist Church in Lewisburg

The John Wesley Methodist Church in Lewisburg was built in 1820 and continues to hold services. It is located on E. Foster Street and is one of the oldest brick churches in West Virginia. As was common at the time, the John Wesley Methodist Church was built with a second story slave gallery, and today […]

Read More