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So, I finally was able to coordinate with my friend and arrange a visit to the summit of Lover's Leap. The view was simply breathtaking. The first two images show the panorama of the north side of the horseshoe. The top image of the first set was taken ca 1903 for a brochure promoting the second incarnation of the springs. The bottom was taken earlier this evening. They match up pretty well. As usual click the pics for a larger view. The top image of the second set was the Burton engraving...
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The Once World Renown Shannondale Springs A Virtual Tour Howe's 1845 Lithograph of the Springs Follow the link below to a virtual tour of Shannondale Springs. The Jefferson County Museum, Historical Society and the Jefferson County Landmarks Commission were instrumental in providing guidance and information that make this show an exciting adventure. It's the perfect way to visit the Springs before setting out on a journey in real life. ENJOY THE TOUR HERE Who Knew? That there was a...
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Welcome To The Friends Of Shannondale Springsor FOSS (a West Virginia 501c3 nonprofit corporation) FOSS, or The Friends of Shannondale Springs, was born from the idea of Bill Hartgroves, a dedicated and concerned conservationist and citizen, who perceived the need to preserve the historic site of the once world renowned spa and resort. The group was organized in the early 1990's and was comprised of folks with the same ideals as Bill's. The organization was a loose knit crowd of volunteers...
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Be a Sponsor - Support Your Local Website Shannondale and Beyond, as a 501c3 WV nonprofit tax exempt corporation, accepts donations from sponsors who wish to be featured on our website and forums. Their largess allows S&B to continue "broadcasting" what is arguably the best community website on the East Coast. While the forum software supports free classified advertising for domestic ads, there are advantages to business sponsorship, including: Sharing our top rankings in all the most...
From JUST JEFFERSON TODAY - OCTOBER 12, 2010 YOUR FIRST NEWS SOURCE SEE YOUTUBE VIDEO(S) OF THE BEST ALL-COUNTY-CANDIDATES' FORUM FOR NOV. 2 You will get a better sense of all the candidates from this forum, sponsored by the NAACP, than from all the pieces of paper in your mailbox. This was held Monday night at St. Philips Church on Lawrence Street in Charles Town. - Jim Surkamp NAACP Forum - 1 View: [MEDIA=youtube]c9NBDMLDg58[/MEDIA] [i][size=2][url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9NBDMLDg58]View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9NBDMLDg58[/url][/size][/i] Introduction by George Rutherford,...
This article was originally published in forum thread: What We've Learned from the Recent Snowstorm, started 12/21/2009... @millers1 had it right in another thread. Some veterans of mountain life got lazy, lulled into complacency by 6 years of easy going Winters. Some new arrivals (those arriving after the last big snow-36"- in February of 2003) were clueless as to what precautions/steps should be taken when a storm approaches. We were lucky this time. 22-24" is mild by past standards,...
Gypsy Moths in Action-Had Your Dinner, Yet? I say this every year that passes w/o an attack by those voracious critters: If you haven't experienced a full fledged Gypsy Moth assault, a description won't do it justice. I do have a slide show w/ pics from past years. It might look nasty, but in the 1990's you had to BBQ with an umbrella over the grill to keep Caterpillar crap off the food. Frass, which is the scientific term for the greenish brown crap, fell from the treetops like a raindrops...
Notice: 2011 Stinkbug threads have been merged into this odoriferous topic The Definitive STINKBUG Primer: Courtesy of the Audubon Society (PVAS) Many of you have asked for documents presented at the stink bug lecture by Dr. Tracy Leskey on Wednesday, February 9th. She has generously agreed to let us post the "Biology of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" powerpoint and a copy of the Pyramid Trap Construction" details. Thanks for joining us at the lecture, and many thanks to Dr. Leskey...
The Blue Ridge Mountain Watersheds in Jefferson County, WV Showing the sub-watersheds of the western slope of the Blue Ridge mountain in Jefferson County, WV, this map was made possible by the county's Water Advisory Committee (WAC), the largess of the County Commission and a grant from the WV Department of Health and Human Services. The artwork was executed by U.S. Country Wildflowers' artist/owner Roxanne Shields. The Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition is working with WAC to place the sign...
Living on our Blue Ridge mountain never runs short of surprises, eccentricities and challenges. Some time ago, members of Shannondale and Beyond compiled a list of these peculiarities. It's been buried in the S&B database and we thought it was worthy of a place as an article in our CMS. You Know You Live On Our Blue Ridge Mountain when/if/because: the flying insects cast shadows across your deck you have bigger things to worry about than rats after your trash your garden grows headless...
The Report I arrived at the sheriff's office in Bardane a little before 3PM or 10 hour shift (3pm-1am) and was assigned to ride with Sergeant Sell, probably so they could keep me out of trouble. We left the lot a little before 4PM after the Sgt. had checked logs and given me a short course on what to expect as a "ride-along" and I had staged the photo op above. The Sergeant introduced me to the “cockpit" of the cruiser, packed with electronic equipment and pointed out how to “light up”...
Courtesy of Commissioner Lyn Widmyer While questions still remain as to the specifics of the proposed interchange at the intersection of the New Rt 9 and old 9 & Chestnut Hill Rd., the pic below shows the general layout. I suppose we can assume from the road markings in the rather colorful drawings, that there will be stop signs at Old 9 and Chestnut. If so, expect a LONG wait to make the turns. Below find a press release from: Matthew T. Mullenax, GISP Transportation Planner/GIS Analyst...
Many of us cross it twice a day going to and from work. It's our Nation's longest National Park. It affords some of the best views for miles around. It's a National treasure. Nat'l Headquarters ATC Welcome to our presentation of Jefferson County's portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT) Some time ago we started to compile photos of Jefferson County's portion of the AT (less than 1% of its nearly 2200 mile length). The result was a series of slide shows linked below. We resurrected the...
Meteorological Magic Thanks to an anonymous donor, YOUR Mountain Community Center now is host to a nifty weather station. The data from the station will complement the other two stations presently in service on our mountain. It should be a valuable addition since it will provide real-time weather conditions at the intersection of County Rt 115, The Old Charles Town Road and County Rt 9/5, Mission Road, West Virginia's most populated dead end street. Presenting the station fresh out of...
The Work of FOSS' FOSSies The Bathhouse Before in 1995 and After in 1996 For esprit de corps every group needs a name and for FOSS what else could it be other than FOSSies? As we've stated in the brief history, the original FOSSies of the 1990's did the lion's share of the work done at the time this is being written(2009). Our Mission Statement contains many goals and over time we want to met those lofty hopes. You can help by becoming a a member of FOSS. What's necessary? Just say you...
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