Damn Yankee Buttons

An excerpt:

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.

 

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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