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Danube Church Kibler Valley By Beverly Belcher Woody Patrick County is blessed to be surrounded by rugged, beautiful wilderness. Kibler Valley is one of the prettiest areas of the county. It was named for C. W. Kibler, who operated a large sawmill operation there in the...

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Matt Hubbard with a chestnut tree in Rock Castle Gorge. Rock Castle Home   By Beverly Belcher Woody The debut of Rock Castle Home has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. The eventual showing will be co-hosted by Reynolds Homestead and the...

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Winn and Annie Pendleton Barnard Verna, Annie, Winn and Donald are pictured standing in front of Telegraph Creek Post Office. By Beverly Belcher Woody Annie Catherine Pendleton was born September 2, 1877, in Mayberry, Virginia. She was the first child of Daniel Pendleton and Mary Frances...

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Leon Cock & the Meadows of Dan Basketball Champs By Beverly Belcher Woody Did you know that the Meadows of Dan High School basketball team was State Champions for two consecutive years? Well, neither did I, until I had a very interesting phone conversation with Leon...

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Ronnie Mabe Ronnie Mabe By Beverly Belcher Woody  Ronnie Mabe recently shared some interesting stories about his service in the military and being one of the few telephone men in Patrick County. Mr. Mabe grew up in Patrick Springs and attended Patrick Springs Elementary School and...

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Sarah Hubbard and Jane Conner Sarah Elizabeth Belcher Hubbard By Beverly Belcher Woody When the responsibilities of being a “modern-day woman” seem overwhelming, my thoughts always go to one of the many pioneer women that I grew up hearing about. How did they manage to raise...

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Dan River Queen By Beverly Belcher Woody               One of the best memories of my childhood was riding on the Dan River Queen. I am not alone in this sentiment. Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t mention to me how much they...

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Pastor Willie Reynolds, Sr. Willie Reynolds By Beverly Belcher Woody Pastor Willie Reynolds Sr. is celebrating his recent retirement from Patrick County Public Schools, serving as a school bus driver for 45 years! Pastor Reynolds is no stranger to hard work; he grew up on a...

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  The Philpott Family By Beverly Belcher Woody This week, we will study the Philpott family of Patrick County. No, not the storekeeper from Town Creek for whom Philpott Lake is named, but the Philpott family from the Mayo Forge area. On January 12, 1873, Miss Rhoda Ann Cobbs, the...

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Patrick-Henry Allied Families of Virginia, Inc. By Beverly Belcher Woody The first time I saw the term “Patrick Henry Allied Families of Virginia, Inc. (PHAFV),” it was on a copper plaque in a picnic shelter at Fairystone State Park. The second time I saw the term PHAFV, I was at...

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