Sunday, June 15, 2008

Last Week's Storytelling Journey: Onego

The little community of Onego is in Pendleton County, not far from Seneca Rocks). (Click here for the legend about the Rocks.) It lies within the boundaries of the Monongahela National Forest, and it's one of those places that make you feel like you stepped back in time.

How would you pronounce Onego? Think it's a Native American name? It may be. But the local pronunciation might surprise you. It's pronounced "one go" as in "one go and you're through it." I don't know how the community received its name, but I like the local pronunciation-- it's very descriptive of a small village with one major road passing through.

Creek crossing

The local church is beautifully designed.

General store and US post office.

There are many communities like Onego scattered throughout West Virgina. Small, secluded and lovely, Onego is a treasure that travelers might pass through without noticing that in this little place life goes on like anywhere else--the only difference is that the residents of such places work, play and pray in surroundings of incredible beauty.

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