We've been on a short road trip the past two days, this time to Blackwater Falls, WV, home of the waterfall and the state park. I was invited to perform for the September Fest/Senior Fall Fling group at the park's lodge, an opportunity I was happy to accept. Blackwater Falls is one of the prettiest places in our state, located in an area of forests, small communities, fast-running rivers and scenery to take your breath away.
It has been several years since I performed at the park, and it was just as beautiful and welcoming as ever. We made a beeline for the falls on arrival; I knew we'd have to leave early in the morning and I didn't want to miss a chance to see them.
And there they were, just as I remembered:
Nice shelvin' rock along the path to the falls reminded of the story of the Carpenter family of central West Virginia (still part of Virginia at the time), and how they sheltered under such a rock until they could get their cabins built, back when this state was first being settled by white pioneers in the late 1700's. One of them, Sol I believe it was, wrote a tune about it, called Shelvin' Rock. You can hear it played by Ernie Carpenter in 1987 here.
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