If you had to bet on one, I would say Shepherdstown was probably founded first, simply because it's on an important thoroughfare connecting the Shenandoah Valley to the important Delaware ports, where a lot of European migrants, principally Scots Irish and German migrants, were arriving in the 18th century. So it's likely that these migrants arrived at the banks of the Potomac River in the valley before they arrived in the South Branch Valley. So it's likely that Shepherdstown was founded earlier.
It’s fall, and for most gardeners it’s time to finish harvesting plants and begin preparing beds for the approaching frosts. For those who grow garlic, this is the time to plant bulbs. It’s also time to learn what you can do with some of the herbs you may have grown this year.
The Fall Herb Festival at Jackson’s Mill begins Friday. Twenty-seven teachers will conduct workshops about making herbal honey, growing edible gardens, and making simple cleaning and skin care products. There will be a workshop, taught by a massage therapist, about doing herbal facials.
Melissa Dennison is the president of the WV Herb Association and is organizing the festival. She says one of the new teachers this year is Victor Skaggs, of Marion County.
“He’s going to teach us how to develop your own kitchen garden, of the herbs that you use in your cooking,” Dennison said.
And if you’re new to cooking with herbs, there will be workshops for this too. “We really want to educate the public so they have some kind of awareness, and it’s very affordable.”
The festival is all open to the public, and costs $15 per day, or $20 for the entire festival. For members in the W.Va. Herb Association, the festival is $5.
The two day event begins Friday. That evening, Mimi Hernandez of Frostburg University will be the keynote speaker. She will be speaking about medicinal and edible plants of Appalachia.
For more information about registering for the Fall Herb Festival, click here or call Melissa Dennison, (304) 364-5589.
Master Sgt. Mike Wiley, a JROTC instructor at Monroe County Technical Center, has earned West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Above and Beyond Award for March, which recognizes excellence and creativity of Mountain State teachers.
Kristi Sanders, a reading and math interventionist at North Jefferson Elementary in Kearneysville, Jefferson County, has earned West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Above and Beyond Award for February, which recognizes excellence and creativity of Mountain State teachers.