Welcome to Heritage Weekend
Heritage Weekend began in 1953 as a home and garden tour to raise money for the Hardy County Public Library. This annual event – always the last full weekend in September, honors the rich culture and history of Hardy County. The 2013 Heritage Weekend festivities will feature a joint Celebration of our 60th Anniversary and the 150th Anniversary of West Virginia Statehood.
The house and building tours remain the highlight of Heritage Weekend. Thanks to the community spirit and hard work of their owners, many historic homes, churches, public buildings and old school houses throughout the county will open their doors to visitors during this 60th Anniversary of Hardy County’s Heritage Weekend. Your purchase of a House Tour/Event ticket allows you to partner in this community spirit as 100% of ticket sales are donated to the library and other worthy preservation organizations. Families - discover local history together with your children - children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Each year Heritage Weekend highlights a historic home by preserving it’s image on a decorative tile created by a professional artist. All previous tiles are on display at the Hardy County Public Library. This year’s Tile House, the Joshua Miller House, is a treasure nestled on Cullers Run Road in Mathias. This beautiful home was built in 1896 by Lewis Loury whose family occupied the home until 1923. With original craftsmanship described as astonishing by Mr. Miller, the house boasts original fretwork or “gingerbread” trim. The hard wood floors and window sills are original as well. Joshua has opened the historic St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, turned workshop, for several years, and will do so again, but this is a first for the main house and it promises to be a delight for all who visit.
2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of West Virginia Statehood and Heritage Weekend is also marking this occasion. Friday evening will begin on a reverent note with the lighting of Luminaria memorial by members of the McNeil’s Rangers marking the gravesites of Civil War soldiers buried at Olivet Cemetery. An exciting new event is the presentation of “John Brown’s Body” a civil war era play at McCoy’s Theater. Albert Mach will present his extensive photographic history of the Civil War, a project five years in the making.
Traditional events include the craft show – moved to the MVF Bingo Hall on Jefferson Street due to construction at Moorefield High School. One advantage to the new location is a return to the Friday night opening of the craft sales. The Highland Star Quilters Guild will again be at Moorefield Elementary School featuring local artisans and Hoffman Challenge Quilts. Hardy County’s Heritage Weekend is a unique festival in being a countywide event. Arkansaw, Lost River, Mathias and Wardensville offer crafts, music and food along with their own featured home and building tours. Local churches hold special period services on Sunday morning and many of our Main Street porches will feature entertainment along the way as visitors pursue walking tours at their own pace. Our neighbors in Grant County whose history is intertwined with Hardy County will have several venues open and a civil war encampment. Don’t miss the Art Show at the library again featuring many of the works of Margaret Allen, one of the original visionaries who brought us Heritage Weekend 60 years ago. The Fiddle and Banjo contest, held at a new location and time, will be rousing entertainment for all. And if you want to rest a spell and take in the most beautiful scenery around, climb aboard the Potomac Eagle Excursion for a beautiful ride through the Trough.
The Hardy County Tour and Craft Association, on behalf of all visitors, express our deep appreciation for those who volunteer their time and effort, allowing us to visit their homes, churches and public buildings.
Enjoy your visit to historical Hardy County!
Sherry Barb, 2013 Chairperson
Hardy Co. Tour & Crafts Association
Sherry Barb, 2013 Chair
Tammy Moats, Secretary
Kathy Bennett, Treasurer
Ashley Brosh-Anderson, Event Coordinator
Dr. Ray Galloway
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