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Volume 35, Number 2

Spring 2009 issue
On the cover: Dancer at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Fayette County. Photograph 1998 by Michael Keller. Our story begins on page 16.

Published by the

Joe Manchin III, Governor

Kay Goodwin, Secretary
Department of Education and the Arts

Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

John Lilly, Editor

Kim Johnson,
Editorial Assistant

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

A.C. Designs
Publication Design

Summer 2009

2 Letters from Readers
4 Current Programs * Events * Publications
8 Back to the Land in Pocahontas County
By David Holtzman
16 Open Arms at Clifftop
20th Appalachian String Band Music Festival
By John Lilly
26 “Keep a-Goin’”
Musician Everett Lilly of Clear Fork
By John Lilly
34 Sharp’s Camp
Mercer County Poor Farm
By Bill Archer
38 “It Was a Hard Life”
Growing Up at the Pendleton County Poor Farm
By William D. Rexroad
44 Mission Hollow Memories
By Karl Priest
52 “They Were So Good to Me”
Recalling Life at Brookside
By Karl Priest
54 My Mom, the Snake Slayer
By Beverly Cookro
55 Sundays on Miracle Run
By Bob Masters
60 The Curio House at Harpers Ferry
By Christopher Craig
66 West Virginia Back Roads
PIGS Haven in Shepherdstown
By Carl E. Feather
68 New Books Available

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