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Wirt’s Primitive Pathway

While in Wirt County, I found what one may consider a primitive pathway of collectibles, antiques, and unique notions. Along Rt. 5 and Rt. 14, I stopped at several shops that I found to be not only original, but quaint, and welcoming.

Beginning right outside the Calhoun county line, we happened upon The Waters Edge. Owned by Jerry and Linda Poling, the shop sits beside the Little Kanawha River and is only about 14 miles from Grantsville. The barn/store is filled with items found in nearby counties and from auctions the couple has attended around the state and further south. The barn is well divided into welcoming rooms and the pleasant hospitality of the Poling's is a sweet experience.

You can tell that they take pride in each of their pieces and know the history and background of most. One such piece that I was thrilled to see was an original pilot wheel from the Glen R. Rader, a sternwheeler that navigated the Little Kanawha. The collection you find will be worth a stop. Store hours are Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.

The next stop was in Elizabeth on Court St. The Feathered Nest is a shop that is well suited to its name. Warm and cozy, as well as fresh and inviting, I enjoyed my stop to Richard Lowe’s one-of-a-kind shop. From candles to framed pictures to country items and collectibles, The Feathered Nest is beautifully done. An original home built in the 1850’s, the store has an air of history and speaks of stories from the past, but still maintains the character and creativity of today. It is a place you could walk through several times and feel like there is still more to see. If you’re hoping for a fun day of shopping, make it another stop on your list. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

My final destination on this path of browsing was to Primitives in the Valley. Originally started on eBay, it has extended beyond the internet and craft shows to a shop located a mile from Camp Barbe Road. It is a pleasant little place with an eclectic feel. Business partners, Cheryl Batton and daughters, Candace Hays and Krishna Root, have been in business close to 10 years, but moved into their shop only two years ago. They describe the store as “Where the past meets the present.” Primitives in the Valley is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun-filled shop will not disappoint you.

The people I met were extremely friendly. I hope you will get to experience some of these shops. Take a friend and spend an afternoon browsing and buying. How many days is it until Christmas? Start early on the primitive pathway of Wirt County.


Area Events:

Aug. 24, Extreme Dirt Series, Starvation Point, Elizabeth, 8 a.m.

Aug. 29-30, Appalachian Autumn Festival, Frametown VFD.

Aug. 28-30, Labor Day Weekend Celebration, North Bend Park.

Aug. 29-31, Small Town America Labor Day Celebration, Clay.

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts/Crafts Jubilee.

Aug. 30, Great Elk River Pedal and Paddle Challenge.

Aug. 30, Russel Ahner/Honorable Mention, North Bend, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31, Stepping Stone, North Bend Sate Park, 7 p.m.

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