Clint Eastwood had a major hit some years back with a movie called “The Bridges of Madison County.” In the movie he went around taking pictures of the covered bridges of that county and had a romantic interlude with a local housewife played by Meryl Streep.
I had a similar adventure taking photographs of the bridges in Monroe County. Clint and I took pictures of covered bridges in a county named after a President and both counties started with the letter “M.” That’s about as far as the similarities go.
I’m not a professional photographer, which my photos can easily prove. I also failed to have a romantic interlude with any of the local married women. First, I don’t think my wife, who was with me at the time, would have thought it was romantic. Secondly, I don’t look like Clint Eastwood.
Still, the bridges are well-worth seeing and they have interesting stories behind them, which you can read more about on www.MonroeCo.WVyourWay.com. The Laurel Creek Bridge is the smallest remaining covered bridge in West Virginia. The bridge is also still in use, so you can drive across it.
The Indian Creek Covered Bridge was built by two teenagers in the early 1900’s. Pause and let that sink in for a moment. I was a teenager four decades ago and I can’t say that I ever came across any teenagers in all the decades between that could have built a covered bridge. That’s a pretty cool accomplishment. (That’s a little 70’s lingo to prove how old I am.)
Oh, and as a disclaimer, I did not take the photos in this article of the bridges. They look way too nice; therefore, they could not have possibly been taken by me.
So go to www.MonroeCo.WVyourWay.com and click on the “Tourism” heading and then scroll down and check the “Covered Bridges” keyword. At the bottom of the page narrow your search to Monroe County and hit the “Search” button to find the bridges of Monroe County.
There is short term opportunity for this community to acquire the E.I. Terry Co property and preserve an important piece of our town’s history. By creating a non profit organization to purchase this property, preserving the structure, and developing it as an event center for public use, this piece of Peterstown’s history can remain a historic landmark in town.
FYI- The building is about 80 years old. This masonry structure is fundamentally sound. It needs rehabilitation of some basics – plumbing, wiring, heating, restrooms. The rubber roof has been maintained. A light inspection this week showed that the character of the building is still there and rehabilitation can be done.
The owners have agreed to allow two months for us to raise funds to purchase the property.
With positive results from a public meeting on March 10, a non profit is being organized and fund raising efforts have begun. The goal is $85,000 to purchase the property and get insurance.
There is a short time frame to raise this money—by mid April. This is a task, but it can be accomplished with your help!
We have posted a link for Donations on our site and ask that you not only Donate, but you share our page so other will have the opportunity to help.
Phase II-will be renovations of the building which will require lots of labor, materials, etc. and additional funds. We will need volunteers to help in this phase as well as money to make this happen. Once we own the buildings, we can apply for grants and assistance.
Our goal once we obtain these buildings and do the remodel is to develop an event center to provide educational, economic, and cultural experiences and opportunities for everyone in the area.
Please contact us with your questions and suggestions, and of course your pledges of support. firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website www.peterstownpg.org to keep updated on our progress. Mail donations to PO Box 778 Peterstown, WV 24963
Thank you in advance for your support and donations,
(The following post is courtesy of Taya McCormick, at the time a high school sophmore from Virginia Beach who visited Greenville, WV in 2012. Taya wrote the blog and included a few of the photos you see in the article. We’re reposting the blog on MonroeCo.WVyourWay.com and once again thank Taya, who is now a member of the United States Navy!)
I took a trip to Greenville, West Virginia after finding my interests on MonoreCo.WVyourWay.com, and I absolutely loved it. Everything about it was beautiful. I read the history behind Cooks Old Mill and walked around and took some pictures of it. It’s a very big building and very old.
Right across from the building is a red wood Mill. It is really pretty because there are flowers all around it and its interesting to learn about what happened in our history. Beside the Old Mill building there is a little creek and the water is quite cold. The creek is cold because the water runs from a cave into the creek. I sat down and enjoyed the beautiful view from the picnic table that is under a tree that gives shade. On the other side of the Old Mill is a little building that looks like a house made out of wood. Inside of the little building are two looms that are made out of wood. They were used to make wool. It was interesting to look at the looms because we don’t have them anymore and we have gotten rid of most of them. I also think it is interesting to know that women used to sit there for hours and do it. I liked looking at them because we get to know more about how the world was back when we didn’t have all the technology that we do now.
When I walked around the creek I saw some really pretty flowers that surrounded it. It was nice to look around and see all the wonderful colors of the wild life. I really enjoyed walking around and looking at nature. The thing I enjoyed most was the bridge that covered the creek water. It was beautiful and I could spend the whole day standing there on the bridge. It was so quiet and the sound of the creek was very peaceful.
Beside the bridge there were two porter potties that you can not use but they are there to look at because that’s how it was back then. If you look across the bridge you see a man made waterfall that lets the creek water from the pond into the running creek that runs under the bridge. When you go across the street there is more nature and more of beautiful scenes. I also saw some ducks and little baby ducks. It was a great day and I enjoyed going to the Old Mill. I also went to – and enjoyed the animals that were there. There were some weird kinds of animals that let me take some pictures of them. I also saw a lot of deer which not a big deal because here in West Virginia the state has a lot of deer. I enjoyed driving in the car and looking at the different kind of animals that – have. Now I know why it is named Greenville because it is filled with nature and the beauty of it is nature. I got to see a lot of interesting things when I visited Greenville and I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun and I recommend it for everyone.