Blue Ridge Country May/June 2021 - 20

COUNTRY ROADS

30 Years Ago in

McDowell County, West Virginia
gets some love

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Blue Ridge Country

hotoshop was just getting invented, " deep fake " wasn't even a concept and fake news hadn't come along either. But in this postcard
image we ran in the May/June 1990 issue, other states were appropriating the
Blue Ridge
Parkway's
beautiful
Mabry Mill as
their own. In
real life it's still
at milepost 176
of the Virginia
section of the
Blue Ridge
Parkway. As of
press time, the
restaurant and
gift shop are
operating, with
precautions.

301 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
301 S. Main St.
(540) 433-3818
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
www.vaquiltmuseum.org
(540) 433-3818
www.vaquiltmuseum.org

New Exhibits: Fall 2020
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25 years:
Feb 16 - July 10

Backyard Escape

No
Boundaries:
Backyard
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April
208--July
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Dec.1019
Sep. 8 - Dec. 19

What's in a Word:
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Lena Feb.
Behme
16 -July
Lena Behme
Oct. 6- Dec. 19
Oct. 6- Dec. 19
Treasures
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the Vault:
Feb. 16 - July
10
Worldwide
Threads:
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The museum is open from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm,
The museum is open from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm,
Tuesday-Saturday
Tuesday-Saturday
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BLUERIDGECOUNTRY.COM

E-book looks back at
a life and at a " living
museum " of a county.
ormer West Virginia
journalist Garret Mathews
got his first newspaper job in
Bluefield, West Virginia in 1971, and says he became fascinated with nearby McDowell County.
He has recently put some of those feelings-along
with many on his own life-into an ebook titled,
" McDowell County and Me: How A Rugged Coalfield Region Helped an Asperger's Guy Become a
(Halfway?) Decent Writer. "
Mathews's college and early adulthood experiences provide a backdrop for his pieces on the
county, and allow him a tie between the two-to
the extent that he identifies with one of the mostchallenged counties in the nation.
Mathews comes across fully likeable, as do the
McDowell County people he meets, profiles and
remembers.-KR


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