As part of a fair at the Seneca Rocks Recreation Area in Pendleton County, we sat up an information table with a petition. A woman stopped at our booth and told us a story of work and place; In 1969, Seneca Rocks was included in the Monongahela National Forest. The farms at the foot of Seneca Rocks were part of the deal—the farmers were forced to sell. They had farmed all their lives and had watched the sun come up from behind the rocks and go down behind Fore Knobs to the west.
Those two farmers moved into Elkins where they had no friends and no farm. They died two years later.