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Give Me the Past

The Historic Preservation effort in this county has really taken off during the last few months. Why does it matter people ask? The answer actually is quite simple…preserving our past helps illuminate our present and gives us direction into our future. Mountain people are very private people, it’s part of our Scots-Irish background. We don’t take kindly to bragging, or to waving our own flags.

Historic preservation is accomplished in the area through a cooperative effort among the Pocahontas County Historical Society, the Genealogy Group, the Clerk of the Court, and the Pocahontas County Free Libraries. Funding came after a special request to the County Commissioners in winter of 2008. Each of the three commissioners expressed both surprise and delight to the networking and spirit of cooperation the committee showed in developing this effort.

Since then, Pocahontas County has been recognized throughout West Virginia as having the first digital historical preservation librarian. All over the area great grandchildren still hold onto old photographs, fragile bibles, tattered diaries, and corner-torn love letters between their folks. The stories that accompany them are of family, and survival, and an intricate portrait of life in the mountains of the Alleghenies.

From Hillsboro to Durbin and west across Woodrow to the Williams the Historical Preservation team will help families maintain and hold onto their valuable treasures and at the same time digitally preserve them so that years and generations down the road, they will be safe and available for viewing, reminiscing, and enjoying.

In this region we are fortunate, we have not been bulldozed to make room for sub-divisions. Our streams are still crystal clear, our land is sacred to us, and we do not give it up easily. There remains here a glimpse of what life was like 50 or 60 years ago…when it was simpler…when coke was a coke, a hoe was a hoe, and crack’s what you were doing when you were cracking jokes.

If you know of someone who lives in the region who would like to have their precious photos, diaries, bibles digitized professionally, feel free to call the CVB at 800.336.7009. They can put you in contact with the right people.

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