Deep Creek Lake to Elkins

In spring, heavy fogs frequently shroud the mountaintops or fill the valleys like a ghostly sea. There’s the sound of spring peepers in Canaan Valley by night, while music pours from the Purple Fiddle in Thomas.

The Train Station in Oakland, Maryland

The Train Station in Oakland, Maryland

March 25, 2013 |

 The town of Oakland, Maryland lies 11.5 miles north of the West Virginia-Maryland line on U.S. Route 219. The history of Oakland is linked to the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, which laid its tracks through the Allegheny Mountains of Western Maryland in the 1850s. When the original train station in Oakland burned down, the current […]

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Windmills and Snow

Windmills and Snow

March 3, 2013 |

Just outside of Elkins, along the Laurel Mountain Ridge, the first snowfall covered the trees, and ice coated the historic, and lovely mountain. The landscape of Laurel Mountain was changed this winter as four new windmills were installed just before one of the first snows. Americorps volunteer and photographer, Terry Hackney, visited the AES windmill […]

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Finding Dewey: The Search for West Virginia’s First Poet Laureate along the Backroads of US 219

Finding Dewey: The Search for West Virginia’s First Poet Laureate along the Backroads of US 219

January 4, 2013 |

He would write on a green Oliver typewriter, seated on a child-sized armchair with rollers at the bottom. Each day he would write, hour after hour, facing the trains that rushed past him on their way to the Blackwater Canyon. He’d write a poem and if he didn’t like it he would crumple it up, start over again. Day after day. Often, he would drink. It didn’t take but a few beers to drown him because Karl Dewey Myers never weighed more than 60 pounds.

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Backbone Mountain, WV / MD

Backbone Mountain, WV / MD

October 18, 2012 |

Before crossing the state line into Maryland from West Virginia, US 219 follows a high ridge overlooking the mountains and valleys of Tucker County to the west.  During the first weeks of October, the colors of the fall foliage create a brilliant sea of red, oranges, and yellows over the rugged landscape of the Alleghenies. […]

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“The City of Rivers” (Poem for Parsons)

“The City of Rivers” (Poem for Parsons)

September 24, 2012 |

FROM THE ARCHIVES of the West Virginia Writers’ Project, Tucker County:              The City of Rivers                                                                  **                              Here, where two rivers, born of highland springs,                             Wed to beget another, greater still,                             And where peace hovers on untroubled wings                             Amidst the song of factory and mill,                                                                  **                             Here, […]

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Pleasant Valley Maryland

Pleasant Valley Maryland

June 8, 2012 |

“Our cheeks are rosy and our eyeballs are dry in their sockets from the heat of the kerosene lamps, giving the only light to our conversations.”    –2012, interviewer Emily Newton remembers from her visits to Pleasant Valley Maryland. “Only one group of early Maryland settlers has descendants who have never given up their distinguishing customs: These are […]

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Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls

May 29, 2012 |

“Here the waters of Blackwater River drop over a broken ledge to dash among large boulders 63 feet below, whence they continue their rushing foaming course down Blackwater Canyon. A footpath leads (L) among thickets of laurel and hemlock to a clearing with a fine view of the rugged beauty of the falls and canyon.”- West Virginia Writers’ […]

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Graceland

Graceland

May 13, 2012 |

The historic Graceland mansion of Elkins was named in honor of the young Grace Davis, who was the daughter of Senator Henry Gassaway Davis, a millionaire who co-founded the city of Elkins. Graceland was built as a Victorian style vacation home for the Davis family around 1894.

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Parsons

January 4, 2012 |

A bright red, brick courthouse stands at the center of Parsons. Since 1893 Parsons has been the county seat of Tucker County.

Back then, armed guards took the county records from St. George to Parsons, and though no fighting took place, the men of St. George had planned to defend the county seat with their lives.
Click to hear the story of Doyle Kisner, of Parsons….

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Thomas

Thomas

January 4, 2012 |

“US 219 by-passes the center of the city, which lies (L) across a small shallow stream, the North Fork of the Blackwater River.”- West Virginia Writers’ Project.
Many characters are remembered to have left their mark upon these slanted streets, especially during the years when Thomas was a busy coal town and trading center for surrounding mines.
Click to here to hear stories of Thomas…

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