The Pocahontas County Bicentennial will feature premier events and special projects. These events and projects focus on the history and tradition of the county while promoting a sense of pride in our community.
In addition to our featured premier events and special projects, local festivals and reunions will have the opportunity become part of the bicentennial celebration.
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Premier Events & Special Projects
“The Ballad of Cass” by Missy McCollum, an adaptation of “Cass: The Play” by former Cass resident and playwright, Nicolette Maleckar, will be staged as an outdoor Promenade immersive theatrical experience. At different sites in historic Cass, small groups of viewers will stop to observe and participate in short vignettes, depicting residents and events of Cass at the turn of the 20th Century.
Van Reenan’s Funeral Home, Lantz Funeral Home, Kimble Funeral Home, Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home have graciously donated time capsules and distribution to various localities will occur during the bicentennial celebration.
Two bicentennial quilts containing reproduction fabrics and pieced together by local quilters will be part of a traveling exhibit around Pocahontas County during the celebration.
OFICIAL KICK-OFF OF THE BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
A mock bill signing of the act that created Pocahontas County will take place in Huntersville Saturday December 18, 2021 in recognition of the 200 year anniversary December 21, 1821.
8 RIVERS BICENTENNIAL TROUT COMMUNITY ART PROJECT
This special project features 8 large trout sculptures decorated/embellished/painted by artists. The bicentennial trout icons will be permanently installed in 2021 prior to the kickoff celebration.
TIMBER/TIMBRE: FALLING TREES AND RISING VOICES – MUSIC AND LOGGING IN WEST VIRGINIA, 1880-1930
A series of programs offered in conjunction with a traveling exhibit, Timber/Timbre: Falling Trees and Rising Voices –– Music and Logging in West Virginia, 1880-1930. The exhibit tells the history of the timber industry in the Allegheny Highlands region of West Virginia, as expressed through song.
POCAHONTAS COUNTY HISTORY IN OUR SCHOOLS
A series of guest speakers will circuit through PCHS during the year long celebration. Pocahontas County history will be presented to the elementary and middle schools during the bicentennial.
POCAHONTAS COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Pocahontas County Historical Society Museum was dedicated and opened on June 5, 1963, during West Virginia’s Centennial Year. Present were the noted author, Pearl S. Buck, and the Governor of West Virginia, W. W. Barron. The property was acquired by the Historical Society from Mrs. Anna V. Hunter in 1962 and restored for use as a museum.
PEARL S. BUCK HISTORY ALIVE PERFORMANCES
Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents, Pearl Buck grew up in China, but she never forgot her West Virginia roots. She received the Pulitzer Prize for her 1931 novel, The Good Earth – the first American woman ever to be awarded the honor. She was also a humanitarian and social activist who was deeply concerned about the welfare of children worldwide.