Richwood has self-described itself as the RAMP CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. Now if you're like me, when I heard that, I thought of a ramp you might drive up onto.....No, that's not it. This ramp happens to be a plant and it has it's own celebration in the Feast of the Ramson.
The late Jim Comstock, a native of Richwood and known to be somewhat of a prankster, once mixed ramp juice with the printing ink for his newspaper, the WEST VIRGINIA HILLBILLY. He suffered the consequences: a reprimand from the Postmaster General with a stern warning to cease and desist.I hear ramps are so healthy, that if you drink a tonic made with ramps, you'll be fit as a fiddle. So to celebrate all that healthy eatin' and drinkin', Richwood throws another party every June....it's called the PAST 80 PARTY. Course anyone can come. Whew, looky here. Granny musta got into the ramp juice.
Each year in September, about 300 participants revive the smoke and thunder of the Battle of Carnifex Ferry.
They make some pretty delicious sounding things, like
crystal ice cubes? Sound refreshing?
Well lets go on to our next stop which is....
On the grounds you will find a lodge, cabins and dining hall. This is a great place for gatherings and festivals such as the STONEWALL JACKSON HERITAGE ARTS AND CRAFTS JUBILEE.
Also on the grounds you will find the JACKSON'S MILL HISTORIC AREA. Following are a few of the buildings you will see there.
Jackson was orphaned at a very young age, and so spent much of his childhood on his grandparents farm. The sawmill where Jackson worked still stands on the banks of the West Fork River. The 2 1/2 story mill has a foundation of native stone. It is 40 feet square and made of lumber produced at the Jackson sawmill. Power was provided by two horizontal water wheels situated beneath the first floor.
It's taken years to restore it...and it's the only remaining structure of the original Jackson family homestead.
Mary Conrad's Cabin was originally located in Roanoke, West Virginia but now calls the camp home.
The McWhorter Cabin was built over two hundred years ago.
Well, we're ready to move on to the POTOMAC HIGHLANDS.