Traveling 219: the Seneca Trail

A place for historical photos of West Virginia

Blackwater Falls Diver, August 1935. Photo by E.S. Shipp, courtesy of USDA/Forest Service.
Documenting stories from the Allegheny Highlands of West Virginia: www.traveling219.com
Eldridge McComb spent much of his life farming in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The stories he told spanned generations, from memories of the 1930s to his thoughts on modern day agriculture. Eldridge passed away in 2007. In exploring this area’s farming history, Traveling 219 listened to these interviews, recorded in his later years, to look at the story of local agriculture through the eyes of a local farmer. Check out more photos and the full story here: http://bit.ly/1qkxLX3

The C.J. Richardson Hardware & Furniture store has been a staple of the town of Marlinton for over a hundred years. Just off U.S. Route 219, you can check out the historic store by just hopping onto Rt. 39 at Marlinton—its only a few blocks on the main street in town. To read more about CJ Richardson’s store check out our website here!

Hillsboro, West Virginia.

The Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County, WV today. Its freezing here, but you can check out the photos in the warmth of your home! http://www.traveling219.com/blog/greenbrier-river-january/

West Virginia’s first African American lawyer, J.R. Clifford, was also one of the first lawyers in the United States to advocate for civil rights. In 1892 he advised and fought the case of Carrie Williams, a schoolteacher at the Coketon Colored School in Tucker County, West Virginia, in what was one of the country’s first cases against education inequality. Learn more about it here.

West Virginia’s first African American lawyer, J.R. Clifford, was also one of the first lawyers in the United States to advocate for civil rights. In 1892 he advised and fought the case of Carrie Williams, a schoolteacher at the Coketon Colored School in Tucker County, West Virginia, in what was one of the country’s first cases against education inequality. Learn more about it here.

An Era Where Everything Changed: Farming in West Virginia. Traveling 219 has been exploring farming in the area and its history and culture. Listen to our brief audio story of a local farmer and how farming has changed over the decades: http://www.traveling219.com/stories/marlinton-lewisburg/era-everything-changed-farming-pocahontas-county/

Fireman’s Hall in Davis, West Virginia (later and now Davis Town Hall), ca. 1900. Tucker County.
The Alderson Collegiate Institute opened in September of 1888 and held its last commencement in May of 1923.