Pocahontas County to Read and Sign the Bicentennial Proclamation

With the actual bicentennial date of the founding of Pocahontas County in December of 1821 fast approaching, we talked with Cara Rose about the upcoming reading and signing of the Bicentennial Proclamation scheduled for December 18th at Huntersville, which was the original Pocahontas County Seat.

Cara, I understand there is a Bicentennial celebration coming up on the 18th, can you tell us about it?

“Yeah, sure,” replied Rose. “As everybody should know by now, Pocahontas County will celebrate 200 years of existence December 21st, 2021. Our county was created 200 years ago in 1821, on December 21st. We will be celebrating and commemorating this historic event in Huntersville on Saturday, December 18th at the Old Presbyterian Church. It will be at 2 o’clock, We will be reading and signing the Bicentennial Proclamation. We will also have additional readings from local authors and individuals, music, and refreshments to celebrate this event.”

“So, we are looking forward to having our communities come out to celebrate. We are asking people who are descendants of the original petitioners, to attend and sign the petition and proclamation.”

“On that date there were 144 men originally who signed the petition. You can find the names of those individuals on our website, which is – www.celebratepocahontas200.com . So, I encourage everyone to go to that website, take a look at the list of those petitioners, and if you happen to be a descendent, we’d love to have you attend the event on the 18th and join in the celebration by signing the proclamation.”

Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

“Yeah, I thought I’d remind the listeners that Ski season has begun. Snowshoe Mountain Resort did open on Thanksgiving Day, and they have 15 trails and four lifts operating on the main resort, and three inches of snow in the past week. They do have a 30 inch base thanks to the snowmaking technology that snowshoe has on the resort. And, it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful winter for us, and a lot of traffic over the past week going to the resort and over the weekend. So, it looks like a good winter!”

OK, Very Good.

So, join your community at 2 pm in Huntersville on Saturday, December 18th to celebrate the founding of Pocahontas County, 200 years ago. If you have trouble finding the list of the original proclamation signers on the bicentennial webpage, look for “A New County is Formed” on the home page and click on the “learn more” button.

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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