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Goldenseal Magazine spring zooms in on Pocahontas County

CHARLESTON – The Spring 2022 issue of GOLDENSEAL is now available. Since 1975, GOLDENSEAL has been West Virginia’s Magazine of Traditional Life. Attached is a list of retailers where GOLDENSEAL magazine is available.

Much of this issue is dedicated to Pocahontas County, which is celebrating its bicentennial. Three West Virginia University Public History students contributed to the magazine. Elizabeth Satterfield takes us back to the timber ghost town of Spruce; Jennifer Mihal visits the historic Sharp’s Country Store at Slaty Fork; and Kristen Bailey looks at timber-related folk songs. In addition, Louise Burner writes about her ancestral home at Cass, which is now a museum and art gallery. There are poems by her family’s matriarch, Virginia Clark Burner, and by poet Kirk Judd, as well as a previously unpublished story by former state Poet Laureate Louise McNeill. This issue also includes a photo spread about Marlinton’s Pioneer Days celebration in the 1970s, and Carl E. Feather visits with Bill Young, who preserves old apple varieties in Frost, W.Va.

In addition to the stories of Pocahontas County, Ivan M. Tribe and Jake Bapst examine the long country music career of Slim Lehart, known as “The Wheeling Cat.” Candy Thompson profiles Howard Teets of Rowlesburg, Preston County; Tom Zielinsky details Zalia, a now-abandoned brick-making community in Hancock County; Merle T. Cole looks at the history of Special Forces stationed in Beckley; Sherry Hill remembers former West Virginia State College (now University) Professor Zeona Haley, the stepmother of Roots author Alex Haley; and the Rev. O. Richard Bowyer recalls his time serving on the state Board of Medicine.

This issue also looks back at the 2020 and 2021 Vandalia Award recipients and the 2021 award-winning quilts and wall hangings, sponsored by the State Museum. Finally, Sara Bragg Aikin writes about the Veterans Memorial Museum of Southern West Virginia in Hinton, Summers County.

GOLDENSEAL is published quarterly by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. The magazine can be ordered by visiting GOLDENSEAL’s online store at https://bit.ly/37SeFdi or calling 304-558-0220, ext. 134. Individual copies are $5.95/issue + $1.00 shipping, or you can order subscriptions for one year ($20), two years ($36), or three years ($50).

GOLDENSEAL Magazine can be purchased at the following retail outlets:
Brushy Ridge Farm, Augusta, Hampshire County
Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County
State Museum Gift Shop, Culture Center, Charleston, Kanawha County
Taylor Books, Charleston, Kanawha County
West Virginia Marketplace at Capitol Market, Charleston, Kanawha County
Appalachian Glass, Weston, Lewis County
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, Moundsville, Marshall County
Railroad Depot, Bramwell, Mercer County
Book Exchange, Morgantown, Monongalia County
Ruby Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, Morgantown, Monongalia County
The Monroe Watchman Newspaper, Monroe County
Cacapon Resort State Park, Morgan County
Nicholas Chronicle Newspaper, Summersville, Nicholas County
West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, Ohio County
Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling, Ohio County
Galaxy Foods, St. Marys, Pleasants County
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Raleigh County
Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers/Mercer County
Tygart Lake State Park, Taylor County
Blackwater Falls State Park, Tucker County
Galaxy Foods, Middlebourne, Tyler County
Peoples News, Parkersburg, Wood County
Twin Falls State Park, Wyoming County

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