Hometown in Putnam County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
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.
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. It is at Hometown Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hometown WV 25109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 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); Kanawha Valley Drag Strip (approx. ¾ mile away); Historic Hoge House (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Civil War in Putnam County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Putnam County War Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hometown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.