By Jay Wyatt
Last week, the Byrd traveling exhibit, Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian made its third appearance in West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The College is located in Moorefield, the county seat of Hardy County, along the beautiful Corridor H Highway on a bluff overlooking the South Branch Valley. Eastern WV Community and Tech serves the educational needs of students from across Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton, and Tucker Counties and offers numerous Associate Degrees in Applied Sciences, Sciences, and the Arts. We thank Dr. Chuck Terrell, Eastern’s President, and Michael O’Leary, President’s Office Coordinator, for their eager support of the exhibit.
The exhibit will remain on display at Eastern until Monday, September 25 and through the 2017 Hardy County Heritage Weekend celebration, September 22 - 24. Moorefield is situated along the South Branch of the Potomac River and was the site of conflicts between English settlers and Native Americans during the French and Indian War as well as a small cavalry engagement during the Civil War. Many of its historic homes date to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Hardy County Heritage Weekend celebrates the town’s long history each year by welcoming thousands of visitors for three days of historic home tours and heritage walks, free movie screenings, living history and storytelling events, live music, as well as craft and food tents.