On Thursday, Oct. 25, Stonewall Resort employees, along with local community organizations and the Stonewall State Park Foundation, began planting a Daffodil Memorial Garden at Stonewall Jackson State Park to honor those that have been touched by cancer. Additionally, resort employees held an Adopt-A-Highway road clean-up event that same day.
Samantha Norris, community outreach director for Stonewall Resort, said, "It is our privilege to help the community in any way we can. The creation of the Daffodil Memorial Garden and the road clean-up projects are just a few ways we believe we can help beautify and revitalize our surroundings."
Norris said the Daffodil Memorial Garden, a project created by the Stonewall State Park Foundation, was developed to recognize those individuals in the local area that have been impacted by cancer whether personally or through the suffering of a loved one.
Members of the Crawford 4-H Club help create a Daffodil Memorial Garden at Stonewall Jackson State Park. In front, from left, are Alisa McCartney, Lanie Horner, Brooke McCartney, Abby Spray, Joseph Spray, Kelsy Horner, Jayden Horner; in the second row, from left, are Christen McCartney, Josh Horner and William McCartney. Not pictured is Aaron Hall.
The memorial garden is located within the park grounds on the left bank as you enter the parking lot for the resort lodge. This location was chosen because a few hardy daffodils grow in this area year after year without any assistance. "These Daffodils and this specific area symbolize the struggle those with cancer face and represent the beauty in all of us," Norris said.
The Stonewall State Park Foundation partnered with the Crawford Indian Trail 4-H Club and the Weston Garden Club to plant more than 400 Daffodil bulbs in the memorial garden. The Buckhannon Lowes and Bridgeport Home Depot donated the plantings. The Weston Southern States provided gloves for the children participating in the event.
Individuals and businesses can donate in honor of those with cancer and the Stonewall State Park Foundation will keep a record of these names in a memorial registry located in the Resort's library. For those interested in making a donation to the Foundation for Daffodil Memorial Garden, please contact Samantha Norris at (304) 269-8820.
Additionally, Norris said the resort is celebrating the tenth anniversary of their participation in the Adopt-A-Highway Program. The resort adopted the stretch of highway along Route 19 from the resort to the Interstate 79 on-ramp. Employees worked to pick up trash and clear debris from the side of the road on Thursday.
For additional information, contact Stonewall Resort at (304) 269-7400 or visit the website at www.StonewallResort.com.