The old learning farmstead in the West Virginia mountains was nestled in a small mountain hole, the family cemetery set beyond on the hill, hay barn to the side. It’s not hard to imagine life in the 1830’s in this setting. Life would be harsh, with the surrounding woods bustling with bear and other dangerous animals, and hostile individuals with little law other than your own gun. At the same time, this setting must have proven familiar and comforting to the family.
This piece of property was donated to the State of West Virginia by the family, whose private cemetery still resides on the hill behind the home in the distance.