Thursday, December 4, 2014

Good Fences

Behind the fence is one of the most photographed barns in West Virginia. It is along Route 33 out of Elkins, West Virginia and is in Pendleton County. Harper's Old Country Store that it advertises is one of the oldest continuously operated businesses in West Virginia. In October Hubby and I took a scenic drive to see the fall leaves in the upper elevations of West Virginia. I've passed this barn many times in my life. When we got to the store Hubby went in to get us something to drink. Traveling the back roads of West Virginia places to stop are often few and far between.

While Hubby was getting us refreshments I was busy taking pictures of what was in front of me. This is Seneca Rocks. My Dad used to take us here when I was growing up. When we came around the turn  and it came into sight it was like all those times growing up with my family.
Seneca Rocks is a large local landmark in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. It is the only "true peak" - a peak inaccessible except by technical rock climbing techniques - on the East Coast of the United States. One of the best-known scenic attractions in West Virginia, the sheer rock faces are a popular challenge for rock climbers. In 1943 and '44,  the U.S. Army used Seneca and nearby Nelson and Champe Rocks to train mountain troops in assault climbing in preparation for action in the Apennines of Italy.
Seneca Rocks is easily visible and accessible along West Virginia Route 28 near U.S. Route 33 in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest.
Below are two up-close shots of the peaks. As you can see we had a gorgeous day for sight-seeing!



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22 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful scenery Carletta. I had no idea there were these kind of peaks in West Virginia.

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! Those rock are wonderful. Lovely to have memories floating back.

Bethany Carson said...

Seneca Rocks looks like a beautiful place to visit!

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful area! i like that great barn, too (and the fence in front.) :)

Knipsa Passtscho said...

That place is just gorgious :) I would love to visit it. Thanks for sharing!

【ツ】Knipsa

PS: I would love to see a picture from inside the Old Country Store :))

EG CameraGirl said...

Only very brave people climb that peak, I'm sure!

carolann said...

Wow how awesome are these you took.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Stupendous. It is always amazing to come across something so different than its surrounding. Great photos. Thanks for sharing the info with us.

Karen S. said...

A most treasured view!

Jeanne said...

Wonderful photos! Don't you just love those landmarks? There are a few spots in Northern Illinois and Central Wisconsin where the rocks just jut up out of nowhere.

George said...

We're going to have to make sure we get to Seneca Rocks the next time we make it to West Virginia. Your photos are beautiful. I like the barn as well.

Ida said...

Cool shot of the barn behind the fence. I like how they advertise like that on barns. Seneca rocks are stunning. If I'm ever back that way again I will be sure to head there.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots of Seneca Rocks.. And a great fence find, Carletta! Enjoy your weekend!

Felicia said...

They sure are beautiful. We visited them and entered a small store close by too, must have been the same store. they had quite a setup there.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots of these remarkable landmarks

Marie said...

Amazing rock peaks! Love your photos. It was interesting learning about them as well, and about the country store. Have a great weekend, Carletta!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the pictures, the information and sharing your sweet memories. It was a beautiful day for a drive! You live in a beautiful state.

Terri Buster said...

Wow- beautiful! You really had a super day, weather wise, for a sight seeing trip.

diane b said...

It is lovely that this pretty scene has good memories for you.

kelley jensen said...

that was a nice little drive through West Virginia today. Thanks for sharing.

Kerri Farley said...

Gorgeous place!!!!

Nicki said...

I grew up right down the road from Seneca Rocks, bike-ride to Smoke Hole Caverns and despite its proximity, only visited Spruce Knob once. This is truly a beautiful spot in West Virginia and in addition to riding horses up to the top of the rocks, you can climb on the back side. (plus I remember when it still had the pinnacle that resembled Pocahontas).