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Pulling at the Roots of the Wild Ramp Market
April 17, 2014 |

Pulling at the Roots of the Wild Ramp Market

photo by Mike Costello On Saturday, April 26th the town of Richwood, West Virginia will serve 2,000 pounds of wild ramps, along with bacon, potatoes, cornbread and sassafras tea. Richwood prides itself as being the “Ramp Capitol of the World”, and its Feast of the Ramson Festival is the oldest ongoing ramp celebration in the […]

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Balanced Rock near Elkins
April 17, 2014 |

Balanced Rock near Elkins

     

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Fairview School: An Old Fashioned One-Room School
April 14, 2014 |

Fairview School: An Old Fashioned One-Room School

in the monitor community near Pickaway, Monroe County on U.S. Route 219 by Dixie Lee Hoke-Webb The two-room Fairview School was located near Pickaway on US 219, about 3 miles south of the Greenbrier/ Monroe county line at Second Creek and about 5 ½ miles north of Union. This is the fourth building for Fairview […]

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Deep Creek Lake to Elkins

Brooklyn Heights
April 11, 2014 |

Brooklyn Heights

1906 was a tough year for Charles Darwin Gillespie. Gillespie, an infamous saloon owner and liquor runner was being sued for $20,000, a fortune at the time. It was only ten years earlier that Charles Darwin Gillespie left Virginia in a pair of dusty boots, a derby hat, and his only black suit.  He arrived […]

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The 1892 Civil Rights Case of Coketon, West Virginia
January 20, 2014 |

The 1892 Civil Rights Case of Coketon, West Virginia

West Virginia’s first African American lawyer, J.R. Clifford, was also one of the first lawyers in the United States to advocate for civil rights. In 1892 he advised and fought the case of Carrie Williams, a schoolteacher at the Coketon Colored School in Tucker County, West Virginia, in what was one of the country’s first […]

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Doyle Oliver Kisner Turns 90 Years Old
December 10, 2013 |

Doyle Oliver Kisner Turns 90 Years Old

Over the next twenty years, most people who still know the art of clock repair will pass away, leaving the world millions of antique clocks in need of regular winding and repair. On Dec 12, Doyle Kisner, a clock repairman from Tucker County, will turn 90 years old. For the past two and half years, […]

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Elkins to Marlinton

Pulling at the Roots of the Wild Ramp Market
April 17, 2014 |

Pulling at the Roots of the Wild Ramp Market

photo by Mike Costello On Saturday, April 26th the town of Richwood, West Virginia will serve 2,000 pounds of wild ramps, along with bacon, potatoes, cornbread and sassafras tea. Richwood prides itself as being the “Ramp Capitol of the World”, and its Feast of the Ramson Festival is the oldest ongoing ramp celebration in the […]

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Balanced Rock near Elkins
April 17, 2014 |

Balanced Rock near Elkins

     

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Pickens Maple Syrup Festival
March 17, 2014 |

Pickens Maple Syrup Festival

Last weekend the isolated Randolph county town of Pickens drew a couple thousand visitors to eat at the annual Maple Syrup Festival. About 45 gallons of fresh West Virginia Maple Syrup were consumed in two days at the Pickens pancake breakfasts. After I grabbed a plate of buckwheat pancakes and sausage, I met up with […]

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Marlinton to Lewisburg

Bear Tales as Told by Jim McComb
April 4, 2014 |

Bear Tales as Told by Jim McComb

      Bear hunting is a long running tradition in the mountains along US 219. It started more than 200 years ago, when farmers began to run sheep on their hill farms and the native black bear discovered a new food source. In the old days the mountains rang with the baying of dogs […]

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Farming Series: Eldridge McComb
March 28, 2014 |

Farming Series: Eldridge McComb

Eldridge McComb spent much of his life farming in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The stories he told spanned generations, from memories of the 1930s to his thoughts on modern day agriculture. Eldridge passed away in 2007. In exploring this area’s farming history, Traveling 219 listened to these interviews, recorded in his later years, to look […]

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Bear Tales as told by Eugene Walker
March 14, 2014 |

Bear Tales as told by Eugene Walker

Bear hunting is a long running tradition in the mountains along US 219. It started more than 200 years ago, when farmers began to run sheep on their hill farms and the native black bear discovered a new food source. Nowadays bear hunting is a high tech sport, with radio tracking systems, GPS, and CB […]

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Lewisburg to Rich Creek

Pulling at the Roots of the Wild Ramp Market
April 17, 2014 |

Pulling at the Roots of the Wild Ramp Market

photo by Mike Costello On Saturday, April 26th the town of Richwood, West Virginia will serve 2,000 pounds of wild ramps, along with bacon, potatoes, cornbread and sassafras tea. Richwood prides itself as being the “Ramp Capitol of the World”, and its Feast of the Ramson Festival is the oldest ongoing ramp celebration in the […]

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Fairview School: An Old Fashioned One-Room School
April 14, 2014 |

Fairview School: An Old Fashioned One-Room School

in the monitor community near Pickaway, Monroe County on U.S. Route 219 by Dixie Lee Hoke-Webb The two-room Fairview School was located near Pickaway on US 219, about 3 miles south of the Greenbrier/ Monroe county line at Second Creek and about 5 ½ miles north of Union. This is the fourth building for Fairview […]

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A Carriage House Comes to Union
February 27, 2014 |

A Carriage House Comes to Union

The Monroe County Historical Society has begun the construction of a home in Union for their carriage collection. Inspired by the Greenbrier Historical Society’s Wagon House in Lewisburg, the 1000 square feet Gothic Revival style building will be large enough to accommodate five horse drawn vehicles. The ground has been leveled, the concrete floor has […]

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