Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Dates 1996
Location Bolt Mountain
Coal River
Drews Creek
Raleigh County
West Virginia
Language English
Subjects April
Bolt Mountain (W. Va.)
Cultural Landmarks
Ethnography
Photographs
Spring
Title
The John Rock, named for John Hunter, near the microwave tower on Bolt Mountain
Contributor Names
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
April 13, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Cultural landmarks
-  April
-  Spring
-  Bolt Mountain (W. Va.)
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Drews Creek
-  West Virginia -- Coal River
-  West Virginia -- Bolt Mountain
Genre
Ethnography
Photographs
Notes
-  Tour of rock shelters and camp rocks on Coal River drainage basin.
-  "Archeological surveys on file at the Division of Environmental Protection make note of the "bedrock overhangs," sandstone outcroppings found throughout the central Appalachian Plateaus. Referred to locally as "camp rocks," these structures have for thousands of years provided shelter for people on hunting and gathering expeditions in the mountains. Not only are the areas surrounding camp rocks rich in aboriginal artifacts, but camp rocks themselves are landmarks well-known in the Coal River Valley, and serve as touchstones to historical memories. "Every big rock is named," said Pat Canterbury. In 1996, on the day after the Drews Creek ramp supper, Rocky Turner took Lyntha Eiler and I on a tour of some of the camp rocks in the area.
-  The Jake and John Rock were named for two brothers, Jake and John Hunter, who lived in the time of Rocky's grandparents. Such rocks provided a shelter for men and boys, who set out after the fields were planted in spring to go ginsenging. "Boys go off when they're teenagers, especially when I was growing up and my dad was growing up," said Rocky. "They would go and dig ginseng and camp out under these rocks and do what boys do -- talk and tell big stories."
Medium
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C082-07
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afccmns.lec08207


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