There are few meetings that I attend where the topic of
money and economics is not the center of discussion. This has made me
wonder why so much time is focused on what Calhoun is lacking, instead
of what we possess.
I have grown to understand that West Virginia is a proud
state. Mountaineers love Mountaineers and anything that has to do with
Mountaineers--and West Virginia, in general, is working hard to sell
I believe that the product speaks for itself. Our
beauty, history, and undisturbed peace and quiet are sought after more
and more each day. Calhoun County, to be honest, is an escape.
To dream of
Calhoun becoming a booming metropolis of businesses is highly unlikely,
but would Calhouners want that anyway? I think not.
I would venture to say that most enjoy the scenic roads,
the quiet evenings, and the tranquil settings of our valleys and
hilltops. This being said, perhaps some are overlooking the wealth we
truly do possess and could share with others.
In a little less than two months, several projects based
on the Civil War in Calhoun County have begun. They include the
reenactment of the Sycamore Skirmish at Calhoun County Park, the
development of the Civil War Highway through Arnoldsburg, and the
publication of Major Michael Ayers’ letters.
Meanwhile, work continues on Heritage Village, Family
History Center, and Stump Hotel.
It is all right at our fingertips. It is not necessary
to lose our identity for the sake of progress. Our identity could be the
source of our progress.
Someday, we could also
have re-enactors at the Battle
of Arnoldsburg. Perhaps, we may celebrate the legends of Nancy
Hart or Mike Fink. Would people desire a steamboat to ride down the
Maybe, there will be trail rides on the paths of the
Moccasin Rangers. Is it possible that language like “roust abouts” and
“rough necks” will be understood in coalminer country and steel plant
I can dream of
thousands of ideas. Our mere oral history is priceless, not to mention
the deep roots of bluegrass and old timey music. Could something great
be on the horizon for our county? I guess that will depend on you.
In my own personal effort, I will begin a column on
Calhoun County during the Civil War. Ayers’ letters make me wish to
understand the times, the trials, and the heartaches of our county
during the “war between the states.”
My work is cut out for me. Originally a teacher of Ohio
history, and a celebrated “Buckeye,” I must now face the unknown pages
of the past.
If you are a Golden Horseshoe winner or a historian at
heart, feel free to send in information, stories, and pictures of times
If you are an able body, get involved in projects at the
park or with the historical society. Devote time to preserving the past.
Get up and work toward the future.
Our yesterdays will help lead and form our tomorrows,
but only through the labors of those that are willing to make it happen.