By Lynn R. Mitchell
While traveling the back roads from Blacksburg home to Augusta County, the winter woods opened vistas of the fields and mountains of western Virginia as we traveled through Montgomery, Giles, Craig, Botetourt, Allegheny, Bath, and finally Augusta. In Giles County, we stopped to check out this covered bridge located within a mile of Rt. 42 at Newport.
Dilapidated buildings along the roadways have a story to tell. The old wooden walls, stone foundations, and rusty tin roofs remind of those who came before us, who built these structures and worked the land, who lived and died on these farms and parcels of land. If only the old buildings could talk….
I can imagine cold winter winds blowing across this field, snow sifting through cracks in the walls, frozen water troughs, feeding livestock with cold, stiff fingers … children bundled against the cold. And in summer the hot humid days were inviting to black snakes, mice, flies, and mosquitoes in the barn and house. Strong hard-working people making their way in a hard life….
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
November 22, 2015