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George and Miriam Leatherman specialize in growing pumpkins on their Hardy County farm, along with
strawberries and asparagus.

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FARM: Buena Vista Farm, Old Fields.
STAY: South Branch Inn, Moorefield, 304538-2033
DO: Farm tours by appointment
EATS: O'Neill's, Moorefield, 304-530-2727
(one of Miriam's favorites)

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eorge and Miriam Leatherman met through a mutual
friend and went on their first
date at the old drive-in movie
theater of Moorefield, West Virginia.
At that time, the previously married
Miriam had two children while George,
at age 30, had never been married.
"And my sister told me when I turned
30, 'George, you need to get married
soon, or nobody's going to want you,'"
George Leatherman says with a smile.
"So, when I was 31, I was married and
had two kids. And she said, 'Well, you
didn't have to jump in that deep.'"
George did not mind. In fact, the
Leathermans had two more children.
And they have, for years, welcomed visitors to their 190-acre Buena Vista Farm
(304-530-2788) that has been in George's
family for more than a century in Hardy
County, West Virginia.
Here, Miriam Leatherman spent more
than 30 years as a county extension
agent for families and health. And she
learned the value of agri-tourism businesses while focusing on education.

In addition to raising beef cattle and
poultry, the Leathermans have grown
strawberries and pumpkins. And they
have sold their pumpkin butter, strawberry syrup and hot pepper jelly at their
farm market along U.S. 220 at Old Fields,
West Virginia.
Often, they open their farm to school
groups.
And they like to tout the highlights
of Hardy County-from the museumquality history preserved on the walls of
the South Branch Inn at Moorefield to
the steaks served at nearby O'Neill's.
"There's a real commitment to the
rural way of living," Miriam says. "And
pretty much everybody wants to maintain that rural lifestyle."
This sparsely populated place is
popular for riding horseback trails in
the George Washington National Forest,
especially in the fall, says Miriam, who
owns two horses, Pip and Carl.
"On one ride, there was foliage on the
trail, and it was like a tunnel of color-
the yellows and oranges and reds," she
says. "That was near Squirrel Gap."


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