The long table spread in the grove
Girls get damp under faucet from the Hart Spring
The Whytsell Reunion was held yesterday, with direct and distant family members
attending. Mostly the reunion is about old and new friends, names aside. Through
the urging of Randall and Blanche Parrill Whytsell, the event is one of the county's
biggest reunions. In other words, you don't have to be a Whytsell.
It is held every August at Whytsell Park, which is located between the long gone
villages of Rocksdale and Richardson, along the waters of the West Fork of the
Blanche takes a moment to relax ...
... while Randall picks and sings with his friends
I'm sure that Randall and Blanche repose in the comfort of their "West Fork Valley
Home" ( a tune always sung by the Whytsell Boys, men who will always be called
boys) during the cold winter months, thinking about the reunion and planning for
It was a good crowd yesterday, one rain shower withstanding. It is a great place for
the long table with one of the finest country food spreads you'll ever experience.
Randall and some of the area's mountain music makers went to the stage to pick
and sing, a customary event.
Visitors usually bring their plastic jugs to fill with water from the free-flowing Hart
spring, named for Civil War renegade Nancy Hart, whose family once lived
The Whytsell's came from the Shenandoah Valley to Lewis and Braxton counties,
settling in Calhoun during the Civil War, marrying into the Lynchs, Andersons and
Starchers, among other early families.
Randall's dad and mom, Edwin and Rettie Starcher Whytsell, were fixtures on the
lower West Fork of the Little Kanawha for much of the last century, their home
established in 1922 above the Village of Richardson.
Another playin' in the creek bunch, wet from head to toe
Music makin' friends from around the county always attend
Can you guess - members of the West Fork Hunkerin' Club?
Calhoun poet Harry Newell and wife enjoy afternoon