As a kid growing up in West Virginia, two of my favorite games to play were played in a barn. Hide and Go Seek was fun because there were so many places to hide. Playing tag in a barn was almost like a maze with things to dodge, climb and swing over. Once I found the perfect hiding place, which was a barrel where the farmer would put all his garden tools like shovels, hoes and rakes. Since they had long handles, all I had to do was push them aside and sit in the bottom of the barrel where the tools angled on one side at the base and acted as a covering where the handles leaned against the rim on the opposite side at the top.
The other fun game to play in a barn was tag. One time I ran out of the barn, jumped a fence, and ended up spending the next fifteen minutes trying to pull my shoes out of the knee-deep mud where they had been sucked off my feet. The good news was that I didn’t get “tagged”, ’cause no one would come in after me. (If you’re a country kid, then you know that stuff I sunk knee-deep in wasn’t really mud.)
Recently I was in Berkeley Springs which is located far into the eastern panhandle. This time I got to stay in a barn that had been converted into lodging. The fun part was that this place was so unique that I felt like I had gone back in time. The place had been a working barn, until Ed George, decided to convert it into one big open place for visitors to stay. The barn is chocked full of antiques and curios that had me wandering around in a process of discovery. If there hadn’t been a satellite TV available, I would have felt like I was in an old black and white movie set in a foreign land where people lived as best they could.
Even thought the place had all the modern conveniences, it had so many older things, like old wood stoves and antique farming tools, to old books and a bathroom that has to be seen to believe. Taking a shower the next morning was like climbing down into a cellar. Not that it was cold and damp, but more because it was big, concrete and deep.
If you have a big family, or want to visit the place with a few families, then this place is ideal. Everyone in the family should like it, provided you’re not looking for luxury and glamour. You can find it on www.WVyourWay.com by clicking on the Lodging heading and then checking the keywords Cabins, Pet-Friendly or Vacation Home Rental. You can also find it under the Tourism heading and Tennis Courts keyword.