Monday, January 27, 2014

Memories of Route 219

I stumbled on an excellent website this week while researching another topic. Traveling 219 is a project to record the lively variety of life, both historic and present-day along this scenic US highway. Route 219 travels the length of West Virginia through enchanting little towns, gorgeous countryside, some relatively little-known historic sites, and breathtaking vistas. The road follows the valleys of mountain rivers, tracing the footsteps of the first people and early European settlers. It is aptly named the Seneca Trail. I've often traveled 219 and I believe have been on every mile of its pavement as it meanders through the state. Each place holds special memories for me; the website prompted me to revisit my own blog memories of my travels along this storied highway to such places as:

from WV State Archives
Dailey, one of the homestead communities established by Eleanor Roosevelt,
Elkins, home of Davis & Elkins College and the Augusta Heritage Series
Mingo Flats with its surprising (and almost hidden) sculptures,
Davis and Thomas, tiny mountain towns with many resident artists and huge logging histories, and home to the state's first Poet Laureate. Close by are the stunning Blackwater Falls.
Lewisburg, artsy and comtemporary in restored period buildings, home of the famed General Lewis Inn and the scene of the murder trial in which the outcome hinged on the testimony of a ghost,
Sharp's Store, a step back in time to an unrestored but carefully maintained general store that has been in the same family for decades,
Marlinton, hardy town that has survived floods and fire, nestled in one of our state's most beautiful counties and home of the annual Great Greenbrier River Race.

...and many, many more fascinating places. I hope you have enjoyed this meandering armchair trip along a memorable road, one filled with memories for anyone who has found themselves traveling 219. Be sure to visit the Traveling 219 website, where you can read some fascinating and memorable history and posts, like this one about a special Christmas visit.

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Loved hearing about Rt. 219. Have you heard of the town of Eleanor, founded after a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt and of course named after her???
Stay warm! Hugs.

Granny Sue said...

Barbara, I have, and have been there a few times. I need to go back and take photos. Thanks for the reminder!

Sue said...

I think I would enjoy traveling that Route!


Brighid said...

Thanks for the journey... I love this sort of thing!

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