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Fly Fishing with Jack Bell

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June 7, 2014

Learn the basics of fly casting and equipment selection and how to read the water in this one day class. The beginning of the class will be held in Center Hall then will move outside to a pond for practice. Instructor Jack Bell is a one of West Virginia’s top fly fisherman. He won the State Fly Casting Championship for both distance and accuracy.

Cost is $50 members/ $60 non-members
Bring your own equipment. If you need to rent equipment you can do so for $15 from Jack. Rental includes reel, rod and line.

Celebrate Preston County History Day on Sunday, October 20

Explore the history from the 1700s through the 20th century all over Preston County.  Celebrate Preston County History Day on Sunday, October 20 at four historical sites around the county.

View this county map for the locations (.pdf)

Times and locations are:

  • Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building complex representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project, (noon – 4:00) on Rt. 92
  • Kingwood’s James McGrew House, 1841 home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia, (1:00 – 3:00) on Rt. 7
  • Westbrook’s Esso, showing the full-service gas station of yesteryear and antique truck on display, (1:00 – 3:00) 101 West High Street (on the corner of Price and W. High Streets)
  • Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, and B&O bridges exhibit, café and shops, (1:00 – 5:00) on Rt. 72

Free Tickets to Tour the New Deal Homestead Museum

As part of the Smithsonian Museum’s Ninth Annual Museum Day, tours of Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building homestead community museum and special exhibits on Rt. 92 in Preston County will be free on September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Smithsonian ticket. Tickets are available at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket and must be presented for free admission. The Craft Shop, staffed by volunteers, features regional handcrafted items and will also be open. Over 1,400 museums will be open for free tours nationwide.

Thank You! A Successful New Deal Festival

At Arthurdale, history is fun. Those who came to the New Deal Festival on July 13 enjoyed the toe-tapping music, food, and demonstrations of historic crafts. Weaving provided employment for numerous homesteader families in the 1930s and ‘40s, and a new exhibit commemorates that connection to the past. Many enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon tour of the historic community. An eagle from the West Virginia Raptor Center made the children ooh and aah. The antique cars, trucks, and tractors on display did the same for their elders. Hope to see you at the next festival on July 12, 2014!

A HUGE THANKS to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped to make it a success. We cannot thank you enough, and we would not be able to host this event without you!

Check out event photos on our Facebook page.