Summer Travelogue (2)

People, nature and history of Monroe County, West Virginia are magnetic

By Michael M. Barrick

SWEET SPRINGS, W.Va. — When a West Virginian refers to home as “Almost Heaven,” it certainly applies to virtually every region of the state (despite the destruction caused by the fossil fuel industry). One place, in particular, is magnetic to me. It’s here in Sweet Springs, in Monroe County. I was pleased to be a regular guest of Ashby Berkley, the man who rescued Sweet Springs Resort (designed by Thomas Jefferson) from destruction.

I first met Ashby more than 20 years ago. I caught up with him again in the late Spring and visited and volunteered at Sweet Springs throughout the summer. There is more to tell than I can put in this short travelogue, and you’ll be reading more about that on my other site, the Appalachian Chronicle over the next weeks. I continue to work from there to report upon the activities of the scoundrels building the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Many more stories about this land grab, including a book, are forthcoming.  For now, though, below are a few photos from my restful times there over the summer. I think they will help you understand why the resistance to the pipelines is so strong there and across the border in Virginia.

The office of Sweet Springs Resort Park, ca 1760
Ashby Berkley
Sweet Springs Resort
Sunrise in Sweet Springs, W.Va.
Sunset in Sweet Springs, W.Va.
Moncove Lake in Monroe County, W.Va.
Monroe County, W.Va. as seen from a friend’s front yard.
Rehobeth Church, the first Methodist Church west of the Allegheny Mountains in Monroe County, W.Va.
Indian Creek, Monroe County, W.Va.
Indian Creek covered bridge, Monroe County, W.Va.

© Michael M. Barrick, 2019