|A carte-de-visite of Jonathan Rapp at Liberty Gap.|
"5 a.m. The clouds are somewhat broken and the sun shines forth occasionally, its beautiful rays that gives new life to everything. In the valleys of Liberty Gap, the great mountains all covered with green trees. They lift their proud head so near to the sky. The rich valleys just ready for harvest; the wheat which is in abundance just ready to reap; the cornfields so green and so fine, just ready to shoot forth into blossom, but now are all trodden down by the soldiers of liberty.”
To put an exclamation point on the visit, we met a Labrador named Augie and his delightful owners— one who told me of her ancestor who was buried on a nearby hill with a bottle of whiskey in one hand and stones in the other. “If the devil didn’t want the whiskey,” she said, “he’d throw the stones at him.”
Much more to come on this story.
|Taylor Agan holds his fourth great-grandfather's 1851 Colt Navy revolver at Liberty Gap.|