BURLINGTON – The sights and sounds of the season filled the Stone House Traveler's Rest recently as the Mineral County Historic Foundation and Friends of the Stone House welcomed friends old and new.
By Ronda Wertman
BURLINGTON – The sights and sounds of the season filled the Stone House Traveler’s Rest recently as the Mineral County Historic Foundation and Friends of the Stone House welcomed friends old and new.
The annual Christmas experience began outside with the winter encampment on the grounds where Vivian Deetz and Ernie Purdy had many items they handcrafted on display including jewelry and pouches made from original designs.
The Mineral County Historic Foundation began working on the Stone House in 2004 and after extensive cleaning; removing the former restaurant and preservation efforts it was placed on the National Historic Register.
Built in 1810 the caretaker’s side includes a variety of display cases that can be rotated to showcase various aspects including an array of Stone House items.
Upstairs is a display of the Twin Mountain and Potomac Railroad, a variety of historic pieces and a large cedar tree adorned with crocheted garland and ornaments.
A highlight of the Christmas open house each year is the performance by several local musicians who perform the sounds of the season and more.
Sharing their musical talents this year were Jim Morris, Noah Cline, Paul Roomsburg, Steve Ritz, Andy Agnew, Jessica Agnew and Rick Pegg on Saturday and Tim Miller on Sunday.
Over the years, Traveler’s Rest has evolved into a visitor’s center highlighting local history including the as it is open for special occasions including the Route 50 Yard Sale and the fall flea market.
An accomplishment of the past year was the restoration of the floors and the continued restoration of the covered porches. A new door was built and the windows are being redone.
Linda Roleff explained to guests that it’s a volunteer effort as she works on fundraising, while Frank Roleff and other volunteers work each Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and other times on the restoration and upkeep.
Help of all kinds is always welcome as local businesses donate toward the concessions for the spring and fall sales, donations are sold at the flea market and local officials support the grant efforts.
For more information on the Stone House, contact Frank Roleff at 304-790-1538 or visit the Facebook page: Stone House /Travelers Rest WV.