Presented in partnership with the Pocahontas County Bicentennial Committee, the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and the Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association, the West Virginia University History Department and the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum.
Originally on display at the Watts Museum through May 27, 2021, the exhibit curated by Danielle Petrak and Kristen Bailey will next travel to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. The exhibit will open to the public at Cass on June 5, 2021 and remain open through early October 2021. The exhibit will move to the McClintic branch of the Pocahontas County Library in Marlinton on October 16, 2021.
The museum exhibit will be accompanied by a series of cultural programs through the summer and fall of 2021, with appropriate COVID-19 restrictions and precautions. Please join us for the following events, all of which are free and open to the public:
- June 5, 2021 – Setting Up Camp. Opening of the museum exhibit at 1pm in the Cass Museum. This event will also feature a roundtable discussion at 3pm at Cass featuring Pocahontas County and WVU historians Dr. Hal Gorby, Dr. Chris Haddox, and Bill McNeel, discussing the history of the timber industry in West Virginia and the impact of songwriting on history.
- July 17, 2021 – Timber! Exhibition of tools and machines of the logging industry from 10am to 2pm at the Cass Store. This event will also feature music of the timber camps as presented by History Alive! actor Rich Pawling.
- August 28, 2021 – Cooking on the Mountain. A cooking competition open to the public from 10am to 2pm at the Cass Store. Contestants will be required to use only ingredients found in a typical logging camp from 1880-1930. First prize is an overnight stay in a company house at Cass. Cooking contestants must pre-register by August 1, 2021. To register or for more information, contact Kristen Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- September 11, 2021 – Music on the Mountain. From 10am to 4pm at Cass Scenic Railroad Park. This event will feature both informal “picking on the porch” music from 10am to noon, with visitors encouraged to join, as well as a free lecture and demonstration of traditional timber music at the Cass Store from 2pm to 4pm, hosted by the Augusta Heritage Center.
- October 16, 2021 – Opening of the Exhibit at the McClintic Library in Marlinton. From 10am to noon, enjoy a Harvest Music lecture. A music demonstration featuring musicians from the Augusta Heritage Center begins at 7pm at the Marlinton Opera House.
- November 2021 – Making History. An event at the McClintic Library about preserving local history, featuring collaborative talks with both Pocahontas County and WVU librarians. (Dates and times to be announced)
The exhibit and all programming will be open and free to the public.
The exhibit and cultural programming are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding has been provided by the WVU Humanities Center.