A spine of spruce on the mighty mountain
Remnants of early farm life
Many would consider life on Spruce Knob Mountain (4861') too harsh and too
inconvenient, but human-folk moved near the summit in the 1800's to farm
and raise their families . Many of the original families are still there and still
farming. The mountain has some of the highest pastoral land in the east,
with hundreds of grazing cattle and sheep.
While ascending to the summit has been the big attraction, a popular
destination is the 50-acre Spruce Knob Lake, dozens of hiking trails, beaver
dams, wildlife preserves and little-known caves like Sinks of Gandy for day
Misty rain surrounds Seneca Rocks
Mountain Home in Circleville, near the mighty Knob
In the valleys and villages around the mighty mountain, there is abundant
habitation and beautiful homes, well-entrenched communities like
Circleville, long-time fighters for the presence of their local school along the
North Fork. They lost to the master plan - consolidation.
Not unlike Calhoun County, the connection to the mountains is viewed by
some as absurd. The umbilical connection to original roots causes natives to
dream of returning, with some actually doing it. There are those who
managed to stay put. They may be the most envied, when it is all said and
A view of Germany Valley
Circleville Post Office
Highland pasture on the Knob
Farming on the peak for 200 years
Mountain Institute's eastern "Yurt"
Faraway architecture brought to mountains
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