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FRIENDS OF THE SECOND CREEK, INC.

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Please find us on the web at www.friendsofthesecondcreek.com

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Shown above is the beautiful painting by Robert E. Tuckwiller of Hoke's Mill Bridge over Second Creek.  Limited edition prints are available by checking our What-not Shop page on this web site. 

QUARTERLY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS;  MEETINGS ARE NORMALLY ON THE 4TH SUNDAY BUT THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON JANUARY 15TH, 2012 AT THE REED/HOKE HOUSE (BAD WEATHER DATE WILL BE JANUARY 22ND). ALL ARE 2:00 TO 4:00 P.M. EXCEPT FOR THE JULY MEETING WHEN WE USUALLY HAVE A COVERED DISH GET TO GETHER LATER IN THE DAY AND USUALLY AT A DIFFERENT COMMUNITY LOCATION EACH YEAR.
 
 

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We are sad to report that someone hacksawed this sign and took it away support and all and there is no interest from the DOT to replace it. 


Friends of THE Second Creek, Inc is now listed with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We can now accept tax exempt donations.  If you would like to make a donation toward any or all of the projects we are pursuing we would be very happy to issue you a letter so you can take it off of your income taxes. 

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SECOND CREEK
Why the name you may ask? 
Well let's speculate on that subject.  Most of the original settlers in Eastern Monroe County arrived via the Eastern shore of Virginia then westward through the Blue Ridge Mountains and on into the Allegheny region that is now known as West Virginia.
Their trek took them along the James River to the Jackson River then up through the notch in the mountains just west of Jerry's Run.  These settlers were following what was the Midland Trail and later the James River/Kanawha Turnpike.  Dropping down into the new country they first encountered Howard's Creek which takes them to the Greenbrier River.  After leaving the Midland Trail and heading westward, in the general direction of the Seneca Trail, the second major water course they would encounter, either overland or by the river will be,------well-----,Second Creek.  One has to assume that due to fatigue and stress of the long trek their imagination had fallen by the way side.  So Second Creek it is and will remain.

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The limestone rich land of the Second Creek watershed provided a wonderful place for the early settlers to put down roots and raise a family.

SECOND CREEK
The birth place of Second Creek is from various crystal clear springs at the base of Peters Mountain.  It then travels through nearly 30 miles of Eastern Monroe County and a small portion of Greenbrier County in West Virginia to empty into the wild and untamed Greenbrier River.  Second Creek has had a huge impact on the settlers and modern day residents that are located on its body and water shed.  It has provided beautiful bottom land, water, shelter, food, power and a travel route along its course.  At one time or other it is said that more then twenty mills were located along its length providing grain products, powder, wool, lumber and iron.  There is no record of how many small farms powered equipment from the generous and ever flowing waters.  One of these grist mills is still in operation today and is known as Reed's Mill, located near the Second Creek P.O.  Also the springs of Second Creek have become a source for commercial water, bottled and sold on the open market, hauled in bulk to fill local cisterns and also piped to the county seat of Union for its residents.
The Friends of Second Creek Inc. are going to attempt to document the original settlers and show where they lived and how the water shed affected their lives.  We hope this will also show the attachment and love that the present day residents have for this area.  We plan to provide history and documentation for those doing research in this area as well as provide a reason to protect our valuable resource, the creek itself.

Camp Everette
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Built by Everette Hogshead, 1927

Black Cabin
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Paulene McDowell Black

Orb Reed
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The mill man

Jesse Holesapple
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The Cheer' Maker

Eddy Foster Holesapple
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The Cheer' Maker's Boss

What's New?

UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Many new files have been added to the research area, so just pop over there and give it a look.  More will be added as they can be worked up, so check in often.
 
 

How could you become a member of Friends of THE Second Creek Inc., you might ask?
Well there is no charge, but we always need workers to do court house research, paper work and just general support. 
Oh, by the way, we do have some cute T-shirts that you can purchase at Reed's Mill on Saturdays.  The Mill also keeps a good supply of the very best stone ground corn meal, likewise available on Saturday. You have not lived till you make a pan of cornbread, ground by the waters of Second Creek. 

Buckwheat growing 2005
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To be ground in Reeds Mill

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We could really use your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We would like to hear about your family if they have a connection to the creek.  Just write us a note and tell us what you can, especially the names on your family tree as far back as you can go.   Where exactly did/do you live.  Know who built the house?  About when?  Who may have owned it before your family? Anything you can give us will be helpful.
We also want pictures of old structures that may be gone now.  But, please don't send us the only one you have.  If you can't make a copy just let us know what you have and we'll talk with you.
We'd also like to just hear from you, neighbor.
You can send information to:
The Friends of Second Creek Inc.
(Dixie, Jill, Dennis or Larry)
Second Creek, WV 24974

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The history and attachment to a place called Second Creek. The people and the land