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Pinch in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Pinch Reunion

 
 
Pinch Reunion Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
1. Pinch Reunion Marker
Inscription.  Oldest of its kind in nation. Founded in 1902 by William W. Wertz and other Elk River residents to raise the civic, religious and educational standards of the community. The group meets for three days every August at its home site, “Rockwood Glen.” Prominent speakers appear on programs. The Pinch schoolhouse (1865-1913) on the grounds was acquired by the Association and is now used as a community building.
 
Erected 1996 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Location. 38° 24.818′ N, 81° 29.139′ W. Marker is in Pinch, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is on North Pinch Road (County Route 47) just from Reunion Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 168 N Pinch Rd, Pinch WV 25156, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Simon Kenton (approx. 2.6 miles away); Captain John Young/John Young Early Settler (approx. 4.7 miles away); Daniel Boone (approx. 7.8 miles away); a different marker also named Daniel Boone
Pinch Reunion Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
2. Pinch Reunion Marker
(approx. 7.8 miles away); Charleston 's Civil War Sites (approx. 7.8 miles away); Craik-Patton House (approx. 7.8 miles away); Lewis’ March (approx. 8˝ miles away); Ruffner Well (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Pinch Reunion to observe 117th year on Saturday. 2019 article by Clint Thomas in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Excerpt: “Rightly proud of its status as the longest continuously running community reunion in the United States, the 2019 Pinch Reunion will feature an array of activities catering to all ages of residents and visitors alike.” (Submitted on September 25, 2019.) 

2. “A Good People Doing a Good Thing”. 2001 article by George Daugherty in the Goldenseal. Excerpt:
Summer in West Virginia is not complete without its reunions. There are literally hundreds of them across the state during this season, but none is more unique—or older—than the Pinch Reunion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this August, it is held at Pinch, a quiet community located up the Elk River about 10 miles above Charleston.

While most summer reunions draw together particular family, school, military, or church groups, the Pinch Reunion is a community gathering open to everyone. It features the necessary elements of food, fellowship, and fun important to most successful reunions, but the Pinch Reunion boasts other unusual
Pinch Reunion Entrance to Rockwood Glen and the “Wigwam,” the Open-Air Theater Built in 1912 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
3. Pinch Reunion Entrance to Rockwood Glen and the “Wigwam,” the Open-Air Theater Built in 1912
This historical marker is behind the photographer.
features, as well, which have made it a magnet for West Virginia political figures, writers, musicians, and community and religious leaders for the past 100 years.
(Submitted on September 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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