Barbour County (WV) (Images of America)
(Located in the heart of Appalachia, rural Barbour County ...)
Located in the heart of Appalachia, rural Barbour County is bound on the east by the Allegheny Mountains, and on the west by the rolling hills that lead to the Ohio River. The Tygart River and its tributaries flow to the north through Barbour County, and historic maps identify the county as "the Western Waters." Once a trackless forest used as hunting grounds by Native Americans, the county was permanently settled in the late 1700s and officially named in 1843 for Philip Pendleton Barbour, a philanthropist and member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Known also for its focus on health care, the county may best be known as the site of the first land battle of the Civil War in 1861 and for the double-barreled bridge that played a role in that event. Over the years, the hardy members of this region have carved their living out of the mountains--mining and timber have helped sustain the county's communities. Recorded for generations to come in documents and other visual memorabilia, the singular history of Barbour County abounds with individual stories of industry, courage, determination, and faith.
The Circumstance of Death
(The Circumstance of Death focuses on a family separated f...)
The Circumstance of Death focuses on a family separated for many years but drawn back into contact because of a dramatic death. Set in Appalachia amidst poverty and family tensions a murder has been committed...or has it? A novel of suspense, family, and the human spirit. The first chapter of The Circumstance of Death was originally published by Antietam Review and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Short Fiction.
Barbara Atkeson Smith Edit Profile
Bachelor, Carroll College, 1951. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1952.
Director Baptist Student Movement Illinois Baptist Convention, Springfield, 1954-1956, American Baptist Churches United States of America, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1956-1960. Professor literature and writing Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia, 1960-1996, chair division humanities, 1976-1996. Member West Virginia Writers, Inc., Charleston, since 1960.
Workshop leader Appalachian Writers Workshop, Hindman, Kentucky, since 1977.
Moderator, teacher, choir member Philippi Baptist Church, since 1960. Founder, president Mountain Hospice, Inc., Belington, West Virginia, since 1992. Board directors Heart and Hand Ministries, Philippi, since 1960.
Speaker West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees, Morgantown, since 1991. Member Amnesty International, since 1990, Planned Parenthood, Fellowship of Reconciliation. Member Appalachian Writers' Association (board directors since 1964), West Virginia Writers Inc.
(advisor, 1st prize for poetry, fiction, others).
Married Donald Albert Smith, December 28, 1957. Children: Jean, Carolyn, David.
1954 - 1956
1956 - 1960
1960 - 1996
1976 - 1996