Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 47
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June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 47

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23C -- J uj^_2. 1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail ~ CtwlWoo, West Virginia Bright autumn sun and placid water at North Bend State Park. Autumn Idyll Rich Experience By Barbara Beury McCallum Travel Editor, · W. Va. Dept, of Commerce Some of the best times to be had in West Virginia come aft: er September. Autumn in the ' s t a t e is a vivid, beautiful pause between summer and winter, a time natives tend to take for granted, although biologists tell us such flaming profusion occurs in few other places in the world. The gold, scarlet, deep purple, golden-brown, bronze, crimson, and yellow inter- l a c e d w i t h the g r e e n s of spruce, hemlock, and pine create a colorful panorama that only nature's paint brush could produce. Fall is the final harvest of crops--a time since pioneer days in West Virginia for celebration. Early autumn is one of the state's chief fair and festival seasons, for during . this time everything from buckwheat and walnuts to folk history and the forests is honored. If photography is one of your hobbies (or your vocation), West Virginia in the fall is irresistible. Even the most amateur photographer has been rewarded with manifi- cient pictures that await the camera's click at every turn. "Shunpiking" is also a popular a u t u m n activity as the State's secondary highways and country lanes invite you to explore. This phrase, which ·: originated in England, once meant taking the back roads to avoid paying tolls on the turnpikes. In West Virginia, it is just a term describing the .: fun of leisurely investigating the back roads. '; A natural off-shoot of shun; piking is discovering old coun- ;· try homes and barns. It is always interesting to reflect , upon what tales these old , weathered structures could relate if they were able to talk. : Mix the fiery colors of autumn with mountain mist settling in a cool valley, add a blazing sunset--then offer the glamour and excitement of night throroughbred racing and you have a perfect fall evening. The Charles Town Turf Club and Shenandoah Downs, both at Charles Town operate alternately until December 8, while Waterford s Park at Chester will have racing until December 22. All three tracks offer excellent cuisine in enclosed dining areas that afford fine views of the track. Fall in West Virginia is also an open invitation to "come to the fair," and if the flavor of such county fairs has disappeared elsewhere in America, it is still very much in exist- ance here. During September in the Mountain State, these regional fairs, in which the whole family can participate, take place in great number. It is the time for 4-H competitions, displaying the tartest tomatoes or biggest potatoes, as well as carnival activities, and visitors are always welcome. If hunting is your sport, then you already know what the state offers--except to add that is said that West Virginia has more deer, grouse, quail, squirrel, and rabbits than hunters. But there is something more than the trophy to hunting in West Virginia--the plain joy of tramping the countryside in the companionship of a good dog and good friends. Last, but certainly not least, the finest weather a camper could wish for lasts long into West Virginia's autumn. The smell of wood smoke and pine trees, and the lure of life next to the earth are basic ingredients for enjoyable camping in any state park, forest, or at one of West Virginia's many privately-owned camping areas. West Virginia state parks also provide the perfect setting for a fall vacation. Imagine your own cabin nestled in a wooded setting with a balcony overlooking a valley and the mountains beyond and you have a picture of pure relaxation. Or, for those who like a little more luxury, the state park lodges are the answer. Anyway you look at it, a West Virginia Park is a wnderful place to tip your head back and put your feet up. 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W I D E 6 t o l 2 OPEN SUNDAY 1-7 DAILY 9 to 9 State's Heirloom Spansl Still Worth 'Collecting^ Yes, West Virginia is memo- tumn is one of the finest times rable in every season, and au- to make memories. The covered bridge, while not an American invention, really came into its own this side of the Atlantic at the beginning of the 19th century. Shortly afterwards, the first sizeable covered bridges appeared in what is now West Virginia. They are massive spans, completing important links in the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. The first, built at Gauley Bridge, stretched 480 feet across the Gauley River. The second spanned the Greenbrier River at Caldwell for a distance of over 422 feet. Most citizens welcomed these important milestones, but the local Gauley ferryboat operators were not so enthusiastic. In less than a year's time, they had burned the new bridge down. The guilty parties were imprisoned, b\it this did not stop'the bridge from being burned and rebuilt twice more. Finally in 1861. it was burned by retreating Confederate forces to cut off Union pursuers and never r e b u i l t again. Today only the stone piers remain. In all, there were hundreds of covered bridges erected in West Virginia. Harrison County was one of the leading counties "with the most. Fifty-seven covered bridges graced its streams and rivers, but not all at once. In 1888. a disastrous flood removed most of the bridges of the West Fork River, including every bridge in the city of Clarksburg. Today, Harrison County still reigns as covered bridge king with three of the landmarks remaining. Lemuel and Eli Chenoweth of Beverly, Randolph County, was perhaps the most famous of covered bridge builders. Today, two of their spans are still in service. One is the wide-arch bridge across Buffalo Creek at Barrackville. built in 1852. The other, also built in 1852, is one of America's most f a m o u s covered bridges, the twin-barreled Philippi bridge. 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