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This present-day view
of the dam is from the
visitor center, with the
road winding along
the top.

JOAN VANNORSDALL

It is remote and lonely in
all the right ways, resonant
with story and perfect in its
ungroomed isolation.
his lobbying outreach bringing industry,
road construction, a library, a country
club and a community college to the area.
But it was the building of the dam
that Moomaw was most focused on. And
it was a long time coming.
Initially part of Congress' Flood Control Act of 1946, the dam had been delayed by questions about its necessity.
Re-examined in 1957, the project began
to creep forward, with land price disputes slowing progress.
In 1972, the EPA and environmentalists took the Army Corps of Engineers to
court, charging that important historical

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and archeological sites would be destroyed
by the dam and lake. They lost their case,
and dam construction began in 1974.
The entire town of Greenwood was displaced, and 123 graves were moved out of
one church and six family cemeteries. Generations-old family farms were submerged.
By the spring of 1982, the lake was
full. What lies beneath is history...as this
strange pandemic time will be one day.
But now-what is the truth of this beautiful, remote place? Of the deep, clear-water
lake shifting from green to blue with the
wind, and the hills shadowed by moving

clouds? The dense woods surrounding it,
fallen trees angled among rocks? The disappearing trails and overgrown tent sites?
The eerie, solitary quiet?
Seems to me that what Moomaw offers
is wildness on its own mountain terms.
It's a place that has persevered, where
wildflowers-wild geranium and mayapple, squawroot and cinquefoil, bouncing
bet and bloodroot-grow out of red clay,
decaying leaves and cracked pavement. It
is remote and lonely in all the right ways,
resonant with story and perfect in its ungroomed isolation.
Managed by the National Forest Service, Lake Moomaw is subject to the uncertainties of this time. Will the campgrounds re-open? Will visitors again
enjoy the exhibits at the visitor center? Will trails and picnic grounds be
groomed? (As we go to press, the property is
scheduled to re-open June 12; please check.)
Time will tell. For now, go to Moomaw
for the free-moving colors of goldfinches
and bluebirds, for clean air and pure
water, for the deep layers of last year's
leaves and the new green of this year's.
Remember what was-what lies beneath
the water-and hope for what will be.
For the beauty of it, far from the madding crowd.


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