WOOD’S WACKY WEEK OF WORK AND WELAXATION,
WVSTA’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, & SHOW-N- TELL AT CAMP DAWSON
JUNE 22-28, 2018
We WVSTA volunteers will gather on the southeast side of the escarpment known as Peters
Mountain in the village of Waiteville at the mountain home of David Ferrell. David’s own words describe
our trail maintenance headquarters for this year’s W5:
“I have 2 bedrooms. The Master has a King Size Bed plus enough floor space for one or two air
mattresses. I have plenty of air mattresses. The guest room has a Queen Size bed and I have a loft
with 2 twin beds and a couch that makes into a single. In the great room is a Kitchen, Dining Room and
two living Rooms. One of the couches makes into a Queen Size Bed and 2 other regular couches. I have
3 1/2 baths, so plenty of bath for people to share. I can generally sleep about 10 people in the house. I
have hosted more in the house up to 15. Sometimes people can camp in tents in the yard. I also have
hook-ups for trailers next to my barns. I do have internet and Wi-Fi in the house. The house phone
number is 304-772- 3524.”
My (Doug Wood’s) recommendation is that you bring your own sleeping bag so that David does not
have to perform maid service with bed sheets after our stay. We will likely be able to gather and
prepare some wild edibles in the ample kitchen space provided to us by David, but be sure to BYO food.
The history of the region is pretty interesting. My own ancestor Waite Bean gave his name to the
village. Waite was the descendant of William Bean, who was a Scottish indentured servant at the age of
13 when he came across “the Pond” to serve his term of indenture in the British colony of Virginia.
The work effort will focus on the segment of the ALT that runs between the AT and the Gap on
the Tex Illini tract a few miles west of Hanging Rock Raptor Migration Observatory. This portion is
relatively remote and will require a good deal of walking to reach the trail and a good deal of walking to
clear and paint it. For those who cannot walk far, there will likely be opportunities for some maintenance
activities near road crossings, and certainly a donation of elbow grease at David’s place will help us earn
our keep. You may even volunteer for cooking a few communal meals if that is your bailiwick. On
Wednesday night or Thursday morn, we will likely call the work effort off, because of a show-n- tell that
some of us will participate in at Camp Dawson National Guard facility near Kingwood, WV on Thursday.
This will be part of the annual youth camp sponsored by the Guard. Greg Edwards and I are presenting
to the students, but Greg may plan a work party on Section 1 following the Thursday event, since one
part of Camp Dawson actually borders the ALT in Preston County.
You may arrive Friday eve, June 22. We will hold our annual meeting on Saturday eve (June 23)
around 6pm after our first day of work. I hope to see some of you in Waiteville (directions are below).
Please give me a call if you intend to come out and help, 304-550- 1006 until Thursday, June 21. After
that date, try David’s house number. Leave your call back number on any answering services you may get
when you call. Thanks.
DIRECTIONS (by David) TO OUR W5 HQ:
“I-64 East to White Sulphur Springs, then exit right past WSS to Crows, VA on Rte 311. Follow 311 to
Crows, turn right towards Sweet Springs, WV. At Sweet Springs turn left to continue on 311 towards
Paint Bank, VA At the General Store and Gas Station turn right onto Waiteville Road. Go exactly 10
miles and I am on the right. I have a couple of rock signs there with the address and "Liberty Hill Farm"
I have a gate there which remains closed. Next to the gate is a red school house and a black barn.
There is no cell phone coverage in that area fyi.” If the gate is not locked, then we are likely up the long
driveway to the house. David also suggested that you may try your GPS to locate the house by plugging
in the address: 6267 Waiteville Road, Waiteville, West Virginia.