Follow me to our first stop which is located at the bottom part of the Potomac Highland.
We are going to move a little west now to
Later, writing under her married name of Pearl S. Buck, she won the hearts of Americans with her famous novel, THE GOOD EARTH, for which she won the PULITZER PRIZE FOR LITERATURE in 1932. For the high quality of her literary work, she was awarded the NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE in 1938.
In 1911, West Virginia led the nation with over 3,000 miles of logging railroad line. It's all gone now with the exception of the 11 miles used for tourists....which we are!!! Instead of timber, these hugh locomotives now haul passengers in the old logging flatcars and they've been redone in cherry and green. Whee, aint they purty. Come on, let's go for a ride.
Scientists from all over the world come here to study black holes, galaxies, exploding stars,etc. Why do you suppose that is? Well, there are seven telescopes currently in operation, including the world's largest equatorially mounted telescope, which rotates in all directions.
Transmissions are restricted? Shhhhh, let's tiptoe out of here and move on to our next stop.
Everyone get your cameras ready because we are heading for...
During the 1940's, U.S. Army troops were trained here in preparation for climbing European mountains. Seneca Rocks is still considered by some to be the most challenging climb in the east. Would you believe they have mountain climbing schools here?
I hope you all got some good pictures, cause I'm ready to move on. Our next stop will be ...
In the 18th century, this area was considered the extreme edge of the frontier and was vulnerable to Indian attack at any time. In 1755, when Col. George Washington directed that a chain of 69 forts be built to protect the settlers, Fort Ashby was among the first to be constructed. Today, it is the only one still standing. Now a museum, the building encloses a massive chimney 14 feet wide, and four feet thick; the large doors on the side of the building were designed to accomodate horses dragging in huge logs to be rolled into the fireplace.
Next we'll be going to the Eastern Panhandle.