2012 House Tiles: $15. Available both in advance and during Heritage Weekend at Welcome Centers.
Home/Building Tour Tickets:* $12 for adults for entry into all homes and the Quilt Show. Tickets can be purchased online and mailed until September 22. Online purchases after that date will be available at a will-call desk at the Library on the day of the activity. Fee for single home tour is $5 payable at the door. Home Tour tickets are on sale in advance at Welcome Centers.
Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin Contest: $12 per seat. Tickets are available in advance at Welcome Centers. Tickets are also for sale on-line at www.heritageweekend.com through September 22. Tickets purchased online after that date will be held at the will-call desk at the theater.
Potomac Eagle Trough Excursion: $30 per adult, $20 per child ages 3-12. Children two years old and under are free. One train only and it will board at Jefferson Street Railroad Crossing at 11:30 am. Train departs at 12 noon for a 2 ½ hour round trip.
Quilt Show Tickets: $2.00 at the door for adults without possession of a House Tour ticket. Children and students are free. Adults in possession of a House Tour ticket are admitted to the Quilt Show free of charge.
The Yard Sale begins at 7 am in Moorefield Town Park. Spaces are $10 per table. Bring your own. No other yard sales are permitted within the town limits during Heritage Weekend.
One Train Only. Departing Saturday at 12 noon!
The ever-popular Potomac Eagle Excursion from Moorefield north through the Trough. The Trough is a narrow valley that is inaccessible except by train or via a boat or canoe on the South Branch River. Passengers will enjoy early fall foliage, bald eagles soaring over the area, and an educational narrative.
The trip is about 2 ½ hours long and departs from the loading area at the intersection of Jefferson Street and the railroad tracks in Moorefield. Free parking is available at the site.
Schedule and Prices:
Saturday morning, 11:30 am boarding, 12 noon departure. Coach seats only. Adults (13 and up) $30; Children (3 to 12), $20; Children 2 and under are free.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the train. Tickets are available in advance at all Welcome Centers (Cash or Check) until one hour before loading, based on availability. Tickets also can be purchased by credit card through September 22 on-line at www.heritageweekend.com or by calling the Potomac Eagle ticket office at (304) 822-7464. Purchases after September 22 will be held at will-call at the loading area.
Farm Equipment Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. Free Event.
Antique Autos Sunday Only 10 am - 3 pm. Free Event.
Be sure and stop in to see farm equipment and automobiles from the past. Envision how crops were planted and harvested. Imagine your Grandma in the front seat of a flashy convertible. This is a fun exhibit for all ages. Volunteer farmers will bring farm equipment from both Hardy and Grant Counties. John Reel and Chris Alt combined their efforts to coordinate the auto show. Come to enjoy the tunes of past times as well.
The antique cars and farm equipment will be displayed in the parking lot of the Summit Bank. Sponsored by Summit Community Bank.
Saturday 8 am - 12 noon
To start Saturday off right, beginning at 8 am, the Mathias Ruritan Club offers pancakes and sausage topped with locally made maple syrup. Service continues until Noon.
Proceed through downtown Mathias, off of Route 259 and out Upper Cove Road to the old Mathias School. Breakfast will be served in the old cafeteria, to the right of the parking lot.
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm
With roots that run deep, the folks of Mathias honor their heritage and history by handcrafting quilts, comforters, crochet items, candy, bread, wooden benches, bird feeders, cookware, baby clothes, jams and jellies, soap, outdoor plant stands, paintings and more. The kitchen staff serves up hamburgers, hot dogs and fries for hungry travelers. The Mathias Community Center is located on Howards Lick Road, just off of Route 259 in Mathias.
The Arkansaw community pulls together an amazing variety of activities for Heritage Weekend. Residents and visitors alike enjoy music, food and demonstrations to delight every age group. Other foods available include Turner Country Ham sandwiches, pit beef sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, french fries and homemade ice cream.
Saturday hours run from 9 am - 6 pm. Traditionally, the early birds take away the homemade pies, soups, apple butter and other baked goods. Wake to Remission with Dusty Lanacker will entertain beginning at 10 am. At 12 noon on Saturday Tide Spring, a gospel blue grass group, will perform.
On Sunday events start at 11 am with a special colonial worship service with General Robert E. Lee present at Zion Lutheran Church and a traditional Sunday Dinner available for the public following the service. Sunday entertainers include Annabelle Vance and her sister Jane singing Appalachian songs with Courtney Tusing on the dulcimer. At 2 pm Grass Generations from Luray, Virginia will entertain the crowd. Employing a secret known only to themselves, Arkansaw residents reproduce for Sunday’s visitors the full spectrum of delicious foods that appeared on Saturday.
Location: Arkansaw Community Center
Directions: From Corridor H exit at Baker. Turn left (from Moorefield) or right (from Wardensville), and head toward Route 29 North for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Route 29 North for 0.8 miles. Turn left onto Arkansaw Road. Drive 0.3 miles to the Community Center, on the right.
From Mathias and other points in the Lost River Valley: Drive north on Route 259 to Baker. Turn right at A Corner Mart / BP gas station. Drive 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Route 29 North for 0.8 miles. Turn left onto Arkansaw Road. Drive 0.3 miles to the Community Center, on the right.
Open Saturday Only 8 am - 5 pm
The Town of Wardensville will host an Open House at the Wardensville Visitor Center located at 301 East Main Street. Activities include free light refreshments and a exhibit of historic photos of Wardensville. The Visitor Center is located in an old schoolhouse that once served as a railroad station.
Just outside the front door of the Visitor Center is a Civil War Trails marker which tells how Wardensville residents lived through and contributed to the War.
Saturday 8 am
The annual Run will be held on Saturday at 8 am starting in back of the Wardensville Community Center on Main Street. Registration will be 6:30 am - 7:45 am. Kick–off is scheduled for 8 am. Early registration is $15 . Military and students is $10. For additional information and an application visit www.arthurhaltermanrun.com or phone Robin Kane at 304-874-4073.
The proceeds from this event are in support of the Wardensville Scholarship fund which provides assistance for seniors at East Hardy High School. Participants and sponsors will receive the official run t-shirt and all runners will be given a certificate of completion. Awards will be distributed immediately following the completion of the run.
Saturday and Sunday. Free Event.
Reymann Memorial Farm located just north of Wardensville on Route 259 (on the left) will be open both Saturday and Sunday for tours. Free hayrides on the farm will be offered at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday and 12:30 pm on Sunday.
Sunday Only 1 pm - 4 pm
Bring up to three hand held items and have area appraisers provide you with an estimate of their age and value. The event is Sunday only at the Wardensville Visitor Center. Appraisal Fee: $5 for each item up to a total of three. No written appraisals will be given. This event will be on a first come, first serve basis and benefits the Heritage Weekend Committee.
With the help of local sponsors, the Heritage Weekend Board has added additional signs on Main Street and Winchester Avenue to educate and entertain visitors regarding the history of the area. When there is a green flag and a sign, the house is also open with paid home tour/event ticket.
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 - 5 pm
The Highland Star Quilters keep the Appalachian art of quilting alive and interesting with their annual outstanding colorful exhibit. The display of quilts and coverlets is a feast for the eyes. The public can vote for the People’s Choice as well as their favorites in several other categories. This year’s show features fanciful dolls of an amazing variety and styles created with cloth from the Hoffman Challenge collection. Entrance is free with a house tour/event tickets or $2.00 at the door. Children and students are admitted free.
Saturday 9 am - 7 pm and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. Free Event.
The show has extended its hours to accommodate shoppers! The Craft Show remains a favorite stop during Heritage Weekend. Dozens of vendors from throughout the region sell handmade items running the gamut from candles and soap to woodwork and leather goods. This year’s the event will again be in the Moorefield High School at 401 North Main Street. Refreshments (both breakfast and lunch) will be provided by the Moorefield Band Boosters.
Saturday Only 9 am - 5 pm. Free Event.
This special event showcases the works of our region’s most accomplished fine artists, folk artists and craftsmen. This year, a collection of paintings by Margaret Allen, one of Hardy County’s most beloved artists, will be on view and visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The exhibit will be open Saturday only, from 9 AM to 5 PM, in the Hardy County Public Library, located at the corner of Winchester Ave. and Main Street. Sponsored by Byers Engineering Company.
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. Free Event.
The Lost River Artisans Cooperative offers for sale juried Appalachian crafts by local and regional artisans in the historic Harper Barn on Route 259 in Lost River. Watch weavers, spinners, woodworkers, blacksmiths and other crafts people demonstrate their skills. Shop for unique works of art and visit Hardy County’s only museum, this year featuring an exhibit about medical procedures and advances from 1860-1960. It focuses on local doctors and their practices.
Check back with us often as Heritage Weekend approaches! Announcements regarding new events or other schedule changes will be posted here so you can stay informed.
Mr. Al Stone will portray General Lee in two formal presentatios. General Lee (1807-1870 ) will come to life through Mr. Stone’s words and actions. The program is about 1 hour in length. Questions for General Lee are encouraged. Thank you to the WV Humanities History Alive! Program, the South Branch Inn and the Hardy County Historical Society for making this event possible.
In 2010 Hardy County installed ten informative markers about events during the Civil War, thanks to the Hardy County Convention and Visitors Bureau and other sponsors. Marker locations are noted in this booklet where they are in proximity to structures open for touring. The locations of all Hardy County Civil War Trails markers can be found on the Web at www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/WV/MoreWV.html. Scroll down to "Moorefield."
This popular music contest delights and enthralls. The contest normally sells out and starts at 6 pm, Saturday, in McCoy's Grand Theatre. This year the audience will pick the house favorite. Also, judges will pick the contestant with the best technical merit — an award trophy honoring the late Stan Merritt. Adults and youth compete separately in fiddle and banjo categories. The Keplinger Family Bluegrass Band provides opening and intermission entertainment. Tickets are $12 per seat.
Saturday Only 11 am. Free Event.
Jousting originated in medieval England as competition for honor and riches between two knights. Fifteenth Century combatants engaged in sometimes bloody contests. It survives today as a non-violent but no less challenging competition using rings instead of humans as targets. For many years, some of Hardy County’s prominent citizens dressed up in full regalia and practiced this same non-violent format of jousting. The Knights of the South Branch Valley keep the skill alive into the 21st Century. The jousting event will be held in the field behind the Hardy County Public Library.
Saturday Only 10 am. Free Event.
Quick and dependable muzzle loading of flintlocks provided security for the frontier family. Today the skill persists as a sport enjoyed by gun enthusiasts in competition more challenging than common shooting range contests. By using simple handmade targets of tin, coal and straw, rather than paper bull’s-eye targets, the competition not only increases the level of difficulty but also incorporates the historic challenges faced by frontiersmen. The Rod and Gun Club hosts the competition. The club is located about two miles south of Moorefield via South Fork Road, turn left on South Fork Estates Road #2.
Photo/History Exhibit. Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 9 pm
Location: Conference room of the South Branch Inn. This is a new location. Coordinated by Al Mach. Amazing display of vintage cameras, Magic Lanterns, vintage video equipment, tripods, dark room equipment, etc and photos of the Hardy County area in an exhibit created by Al Mach, local photographer. Of special interest will be the camera, and glass negatives of Miss Mamie Alexandra who had a photo studio in her family's candy store formally located at 113 Winchester Ave. Miss Alexandra (1867-1943) left a collection of many images of local scenes and people. The entire show will showcase the wonderful photographers who lived and worked here in the South Branch Valley. This is a free event.
Saturday and Sunday. Free Event.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 582, McNeill’s Rangers, is once again demonstrating how life was lived in a typical Civil War camp. Expect to see both young and old, men and women, dressed in authentic clothing of the period. Tents, cooking gear, and weapons will be in use and on display. Wander through the encampment both Saturday and Sunday on the lawn of the Moorefield Presbyterian Church. This year there also will be an encampment of the 7th WV Infantry, Company 1 (Union) in a yard on Winchester Avenue.
Saturday 12 noon - 5 pm. Free Event
Stroll up and down Main Street and Winchester Avenue on Saturday afternoon, and be entertained in a variety of ways. As the booklet went to press, plans are in place for musicians, crafters, cloggers, and others to perform or demonstrate their talents on the lovely porches located from the Library to Summit Bank on Main Street, and up Winchester Avenue.
Saturday and Sunday. Free Event.
Leon and Robin Wolfe will have their collection of pictures, post cards, calendars , coins, paper notes, and other items of interest from the local area on display in the lobby of Moorefield High School on both Saturday and Sunday. The Wolfe’s collection was started by Clyde Shook, and they have added many items over the past 10 years.
Greg Helmick will set up his hand constructed tepee and Kathy Beasley is providing the family’s collection of artifacts for display. Place to be announced. Linda Shearer will also display her antique silver serving pieces in the downtown area.
Activities to teach and entertain area children are being planned on Saturday from 12 noon - 4 pm on Main Street. Details will be available in the newspaper supplement prior to the Weekend. Sponsored by V103.7FM.
All Are Welcome
Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church will be holding a special Heritage Day Service on Sunday morning at 11 am. This service will include period dress and old time singing. All are welcome to join in this special service.
Fort Pleasant Meeting House Special Bicentennial Activities – Open Saturday and Sunday afternoon/evening. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Fort Pleasant Meeting house. The building will be open for touring both days during Heritage Weekend with special activities on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the Meeting House’s Bicentennial. Check the Heritage Weekend information stations and Moorefield Examiner Supplement for listing of planned activities.
As has become an annual tradition, Sunday evening at 6 pm, the Moorefield United Methodist Church and Moorefield Presbyterian Church are hosting a prayer meeting and hymn sing at the church to close this year’s Heritage Weekend festivities. All are invited to join in this special service. You are encouraged to wear period clothing.
Moorefield Presbyterian Church: Sunday 11 am. The church Is having a special service entitled “Re-claiming our Scottish Roots” led by Rev. Katherine Jackson. "Lemonade on the Lawn" will follow the service. All are invited.
Encampment of the WV Homeguard in the area behind South Side Depot on Friday evening through Sunday.