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Historical writing and photos from the Depression years serves as inspiration for our travel guide to historical sites in West Virginia
Historical writing and photos from the Depression years serves as inspiration for our travel guide to historical sites in West Virginia
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Hi. Our names are Roxy Todd and Emily Newton, Americorps Volunteers working on this project. Working with the organization Appalachian Forest Heritage Area over the next year and a half, we will be traveling US 219 gathering oral histories to create an online and print guide of the Allegheny mountains, and the stories of those who have worked, traveled and lived along this road.

Published in 1942, a book called “West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State”, will serve as inspiration as we travel throughout the state. This book includes work from professional writers as well as school teachers, surveyors and journalists who found themselves out of work in The Depression and were employed by the WPA Federal Writers' Project. We’ll incorporate this valuable writing with new work, photographs and multi-media in an online and print publication. We’ll be interviewing, researching, recording, and talking with our neighbors to update the historical writing.
First we will publish a website, and next a printed guide about the historical, cultural and natural wonders along US 219, including Tucker, Randolph, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Monroe Counties in West Virginia. If you haven’t been here yet, please visit! We’ll show you around.
We’re really excited for this, and we really hope you can be a part!

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    "Traveling Rt. 219" Vanity license plate displaying historic West Virginia photograph, taken of a Depression era homesteader. Ride in style!

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    West Virginia Timber Plaque: Timber scrap salvaged from traditional logging community in West Virginia, artfully layered in the leaves of fall.

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    Autographed artifact. Handcrafted remnant of guitar made and signed by local ledged Bill Hefner, of the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys.

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    Dinner and a Movie! Roxy and Emily will make you a candlelit dinner set up at The Buckeye Drive Inn on the Friday night of your choice.

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    Night out on the town! Ok put on your fancy shoes folks, Roxy and Emily will take you to one of our 219 favorites, all expenses and good conversation included!

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