The Museum is having a super Summer
What a great 50th birthday celebration for the Historical Society. We are grateful to Pioneer Days for honoring us this year.ﾠ It was great to see more than 280 people exploring the museum that weekend. We hope you will all come back for a more thorough tour, when it is less crowded. Numbers were up for the spelling bees and the Pocahontas ﾠﾠCounty ﾠhistoryﾠ contests, and 40 youngsters enthusiastically participated ﾠin the hunt ﾠaround the museum to find the objects that were featured on the badge. Having the Pioneer Village at the museum was a lovely step back into the past and to see artist Ron Radcliff at work on a painting of the house was a rare treat. The completed painting is displayed in the dining room below Mrs. Hunter's depiction of her home.
The museum is looking very nice.
Counselors in training from Camp Twin Creeks scraped and painted the riverside porch and offered to do further maintenance jobs. ﾠA new sign for the Confederate Cemetery is to be the first assignment using new equipment at Pocahontas Woods.
Using a $3,000 grant from the Snowshoe Foundation and a $1,000 donation from Bob Jacobson, the repairs of the upstairs water damage has been completed and the restroom retiled. Ceiling water damage in the shop has been repaired and replastered, the front porch roof has been repaired, the threshold to the cabin has been replaced, and the cubicle for the ice box completely redone-the collapsed floor rebuilt and the walls rebuilt and painted. Home Sweet Home Builders' meticulous work extended to bringing in flooring and installing it.ﾠ So, we are ready, if someone can locate an early 20th century icebox to fill that space.ﾠ Another member offered last year to pay for the installation of a rail for the front steps and that project is also complete and already in use. ﾠOf course, such a large 1904 house has many more maintenance needs, but the progress is visble and much appreciated.
The museum now has its own Facebook page, PocahontasCounty Historical Museum (the first two words are joined together), so stop by to see our Pioneer Days pictures, keep up with our news and find out about our opening hours, entrance fees, etc. Please "like" us and spread the word. We also have a link there to the Historical Society's webpage, pocahontashistorical.org
If you are not a member of the PCHS, you can find an application on our web page. We need the funds that memberships generate to pay our bills and keep the museum open. Our founding fathers and mothers left us this extraordinary legacy of a magnificent building, grounds and museum collection, the envy of visitors from other counties and states; ﾠwon't you help us to preserve and pass this legacy on to future generations of Pocahontas countians; some things are priceless.
The August meeting of the Historical Society will be at Sharp's Country Store on US Rt. 219 at Slaty Fork on Monday, August 22, at 7 p.m. Can't wait for Tom Shipley's guided tour!
The museum will continue to be open daily until Labor Day and then open on weekends in the fall.
Come and see our improvements.
Did I mention that this would be a wonderful location for a wedding?