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Elk River Gathering 2012 scheduled for Saturday

July 20, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Elk River Gathering will present the history of people from around the Elk River basin, and it will take place as a complementary historic educational component of the Mountain Lakes Festival scheduled for Saturday.

There will be two scholarly presentations, two dramatic portrayals, 18th century music and interpretation, interactive living history presentations on historic American Indian life skills and Euro-American life skills of both men and women, hiking and living history interpretation of Civil War events in and around Sutton.

Ronald McAllister, of Alderson, will perform interpretation of historical figure Jeremiah Carpenter, a Shawnee captive from the age of 9 to 18. Carpenter fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 before being the first settler of European decent in what became the Braxton County area.

Jerry Milnes from the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College will tell about the origins and perform Appalachian traditional music played by Carpenter from the early settlement era 1750-1799 and other unique West Virginia songs.

Dr. Robert Maslowski, a retired employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, of Milton, will present "An Archeological Survey of West Virginia People" about the central West Virginia region's archeology from 10.500 B.C. to 1900 A.D. His presentation will include discussion of West Virginia excavations including St. Albans, Buffalo, Green Bottom and Bull Town and their interpretations.

Doug Wood, of Nitro, will show and tell the history of Sutton area peoples from 1730 up to 1865. He will conduct interactive, living history life-skill demonstrations of 18th century American Indian males, including construction and demonstration of a fish weir in Elk River. Wood also will perform Ostenaco, funded separately by the History Alive! program of the WV Humanities Council.

Dianne Anestis, of Nitro; Gwendolyn McAllister, of Alderson; Chris Martin, of Daniels; and Aaron Bosnick, of Fairmont, will offer a range of interactive, living history life-skill demonstrations.

The Jeremiah Carpenter Trail near Sutton Dam is open during daylight hours and will be used in part of the extreme 5k "That Dam Race." Visitors to the event may wish to cool off in the Elk River or in Sutton Lake and enjoy the many other events of the Mountain Lakes Festival. More information is available at

Funding in part is provided by The West Virginia Humanities Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture Mountain Recourse Conservation and Development Committee, Sutton Community Development Corp., Michael Gioulis Historic Preservation Consultant and the Elk Hotel.

The event is hosted by The Landmark Studio for the Arts, Sutton CDC, the town of Sutton, Braxton County Commission, Cafe Cimino Country Inn and the Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and they will be at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in case of inclement weather.

More information is available by contacting Kevin Carpenter at or 304-377-7495.



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