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Farming, Love, and the Ellison Farm

Farming, Love, and the Ellison Farm

May 9, 2014 |

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 […]

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Farming Series: Eldridge McComb

Farming Series: Eldridge McComb

March 28, 2014 |

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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Farming Series: Up on Stompin’ Crick

Farming Series: Up on Stompin’ Crick

February 20, 2014 |

Joe Riley grew up in a farming family in Stomping Creek, West Virginia. After graduating from West Virginia University, Joe became an Agriculture teacher and taught for 17 years before becoming principal of Marlinton Middle School. Joe runs his family farm with his wife and children, working long hours before and after his school job. […]

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Farming Series: An Era Where Everything Changed

Farming Series: An Era Where Everything Changed

January 10, 2014 |

Joel Callison, of Pocahontas County, has farming in his blood. His ancestors have been farming in the county for generations. Just in his lifetime Joel’s witnessed rapid changes to agricultural practices and technology that have revolutionized the lives of farmers and changed rural communities everywhere. In 1935, the total number of farms in West Virginia […]

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Farming in the Family

Farming in the Family

December 16, 2013 |

Moffett McNeel tells the story of his life as one of three generations of McNeel men currently living on the McNeel family farm in Hillsboro, West Virginia. By Sara Wise and Preston Hartman for West Virginia Uncovered 03/16/2012 The McNeel family farm in Hillsboro, West Virginia, has been home to four generations of McNeels since 1908. […]

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Greenville

Greenville

December 9, 2014 |

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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Ramps-Are we Sustainably Harvesting Them?

Ramps-Are we Sustainably Harvesting Them?

April 22, 2014 |

It’s earth day- and today many self-proclaimed ramp lovers in urban cities across the country are celebrating this third week of April and the height of ramp season. Thousands will sit down to a table for dinner, probably at a restaurant in Brooklyn or Chicago and eat their fill of ramps, which pair well with other seasonal spring vegetables like peas and asparagus and also grill very nicely.
They will feast on what many chefs and Appalachian foragers have known for generations-ramps are magical. Or if not that, then they are deliciously repulsive, aromatically stinky, little feisty green onions. If ever a vegetable merited an oxymoron, it’s ramps.

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Bear Tales as Told by Jim McComb

Bear Tales as Told by Jim McComb

April 4, 2014 |

  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 on a […]

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Doyle Oliver Kisner Turns 90 Years Old

Doyle Oliver Kisner Turns 90 Years Old

December 10, 2013 |

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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Pickaway

Pickaway

May 2, 2012 |

Pickaway and its surrounding area was long inhabited by the Seneca tribe of Native Americans, and their main pathway through the mountains was roughly the same route that 219 follows today. Pickaway was also known as “Pickaway Plains”, and though the exact origin of the name is not fully clear, the Picqua tribe of Native Americans was one way or another most probably the source of this unique name.

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