Hometown in Putnam County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Park for the Coal Miner
“The Grove” outlived the mining industry in Putnam County. After World War II, the park stood as the only established roadside recreational site for miles around, offering a place for picnics and family gatherings for residents of Putnam County and surrounding communities as far a way as Mason and Kanawha counties.
Mr. Meeks at “The Grove.” After losing an arm in a coal mining accident, local resident Christopher Columbus Priddy worked in the 1940s as caretaker of the park. A decade later, Hometown resident Herbert H. Meeks, 2ho was also a disabled coal miner, served in the role of Park caretaker.
Water Fountain ca. 1950. The park at Hometown provided many visitor amenities not to be found elsewhere. For example, the presence of a water fountain made “The Grove”
Photos [on the marker] courtesy of Mr. Guy Meeks.
Erected by West Virginia Humanities Council's Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail.
Location. 38° 31.729′ N, 81° 51.447′ W. Marker is in Hometown, West Virginia, in Putnam County. Marker is on Charleston Road (West Virginia Route 62) south of A Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. It is at Hometown Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hometown WV 25109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coal Mining in Putnam County (here, next to this marker); Andrew & Charles Lewis March (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Red House Shoals / Civil War Action (approx. 2 miles away); Red House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Battle of Scary (approx. 6.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Scary (approx. 6.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hometown.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.