Sixth Annual Founders Day Festival
Capon Bridge, WV
The Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival is a two day event held in Capon Bridge, WV, between Romney, WV, and Winchester, VA, on Route 50. The Festival is sponsored by the Capon Bridge Ruritan Club and is planned and executed by a committee that includes members of the community.
Below is a video of last years Festival.
- Live Entertainment, Music
- Food & Craft Vendors
- Craft Demonstrations
- Kids Land, Youth Archery & BB Gun
- Civil War Living History and Encampment
- History Presentations and Demonstrations
- Animal Park
- Car Show (10 AM – 3 PM Sat)
- Chili Cook-off (1 – 3 PM Sat)
- 5K Run (8AM Sun)
FREE ADMISSION --- FREE PARKING
All monies donated or raised by the committee are used to pay Festival expenses.
In order to participate: Contact the Festival Director, Peg McMaster, at 304-856-1118 to sponsor an event. Applications for vendors, chili cook-off, 5K run, & sponsorship are available for download or by calling the Director.
2013 Founders Day History Presentations
|Saturday September 28, 2013||Sunday September 29, 2013|
|11:00 —12:00 Tricia Strader as Belle Boyd||12:30 —1:30 Doug Riley as Mark Twain|
|12:00 —1:00 Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson*||1:30—2:30 JoAnn Peterson as Mary Todd Lincoln|
|1:00— 2:00 Charles Boland, 18th Century Furniture Making**||2:30—3:15 Paul Parish, Colonial Surveying**|
|2:00—3:00 Mary Balint, Basket Making in Southern Appalachian Mountains**||3:15—4:00 Elissa Parish, 18th Century Children’s Clothing**|
|3:00—4:00 Jim Morris, Stringed Instrument Making**|
|4:00—5:00 Rob Wolford, The Indomitable Imdoben**||*Lt. General Jackson's participation is sponsored by the History Alive! Program of the West Virginia Humanities Councilwith additional financial assistance from the Office of the Secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.
**These speakers are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tricia Strader as Belle Boyd
Tricia Strader is an award-winning Civil War living historian and writer. She portrays her distant relative the famous Confederate spy Belle Boyd
Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson
Born in Clarksburg, Jackson was an orphan who became one of the most revered names in military history. He is regarded by experts as a tactical genius and a relentless battlefield commander of unsurpassed ability. The men of the “Stonewall Brigade” were fiercely loyal to their leader. General Jackson was a devoutly religious man whose death by friendly fire was a crushing blow to Confederate hopes for ultimate victory.
Mr. Boland is an 18th Century Traditional Windsor Chair maker & Joiner with Studies in Tradition Furniture making at: The Windsor Institute Hampton NH with Michael Dunbar; The Woodwrights school, Pittboro, NC with Roy Underhill, Mary May and Bill Anderson; Country workshops, NC, with Peter Follansbee, head joiner Plymouth Plantation. Since 2004 he has been recognized as one of the top 200 listed in the "Directory of Traditional American Crafts", Early American Magazine. Categories in which he has been selected include Windsor Furniture, Formal or Painted Furniture and Miscellaneous.
Mr. Boland is a juried demonstrator crafter at Geo. Washington's Mount Vernon and the Waterford Va. Homes Tour and Craft Exhibit both since 2005 to Present.
Mr. Boland will have various pieces of reproduction 18th Century furniture to display and will talk about the techniques and methods used in traditional made 18th Century furniture as well as demon- strating making furniture parts on a reproduction 18th century "Pole Lathe". His lecture will also include the history of some of the period furniture and their makers.
Ms. Balint is a retired Registered Nurse. She has studied basket making for about 20 years and researched ribbed baskets which were the first primitive basket made and were found among artifacts of Native Americans. Ms. Balint will present information about and techniques used in making the baskets made found in and around the southern Appalachian Mountains.
After retiring from a government job in Wash., DC, Mr. Morris started playing guitar in various venues in the Metopolitan area. During this time he was also a crew member and sound man for the comedy troupe "The Capitol Steps". He and his wife moved to Hampshire Co. WV about 10 years ago. It was here that he was exposed to old time fiddle and banjo music. He researched the banjo and the banjo’s history in the United States including the many different methods and materials used in making them. Now he makes a variety of other instruments, but focuses on the banjo. He will discuss methods folks would have used in the making of stringed instruments in a pre-industrial situation using only what materials were at hand.
Mr. Wolford grew up in Romney and Augusta, WV, listening to stories of his family’s rich heritage in Hampshire County; He represents the 7th generation of Wolfords to have lived in Hampshire County, his son is the 8th. He served in the US Army 6 years before going to college using his GI Bill. He graduated Cum Laude from Shepherd College and then earned a Masters of History from California University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches West Virginia Studies at Romney Middle School and enjoys demonstrating frontier and ante-bellum occupations and craftsmanship. He is the Historian for the Town of Romney and serves as the Romney Town Crier. He is also a contributor to the Hampshire Review and writes on Civil War and early 20th Century subjects. His passion is all things Hampshire County. Mr. Wolford will discuss the campaign of General John Imboden in the upper Potomac and Cacapon River Valleys in the fall of 1862 as he coordinated with Robert E. Lee to guard Lee's left flank as the Army of Northen Virginia trekked into Maryland and immortality at Antietam.
Doug Riley as Mark Twain at Pavilion
Mark Twain has had few equals in American history when it comes to his influence on the people of his time and on the American culture since. He is probably the most quoted person in American history. He was a rural country boy who grew to be a typesetter, newspaper reporter, editor, miner, river boat pilot, author, lecturer, humorist, stage performer, businessman, publisher, philosopher, historian, world traveler, dinner speaker, friend and advisor to the rich, famous, and common man. He was one of America’s most prolific writers and speakers. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, at Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth of seven children. During his productive years Clemens became acquainted with many of the influential men and women of American culture, politics, science, and the Industrial Revolution. Samuel Clemens died in 1910 leaving the legacy of Mark Twain to live on through his writings and the transcripts of “Big River” in 2007. Doug recently retired after 32 years in education as a history teacher and administrator. In 1992 he finished a career in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Combat Arms Officer having served with NATO forces in Germany. He resides in Tunnelton, WV.
Everything in moderation including moderation
JoAnn Peterson as Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln and her story symoblize the pain and loss of Civil War America, and are inextricably tied with the story of her husband's presidency, yet her life was an extraordinary chronicle of its own. Both into a politically active slave owning family, she was her husband's political advisor and encourager. Without Mary, Abraham Lincoln may never have become President. Mary's story is one of enduring love, compassion, and a family divided by war. In this potrayal, you will see Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of the woman who loved him throughout the tragedies that befell her family and the nation and gain a different perspective on his much maligned wife. In addition to presenting Mrs. Lincoln, Joann Peterson of Kingwood portray's Jenny Lind and Margaret "The Unsinkable Molly" Brown.
Mr. Parish developed the skills, knowledge and equipment that the surveyor would have used during the 18th century time period. He has an extensive library related to his studies and has attended many seminars, schools, and training sessions related to them. He states that he has found this subject to be not well known, and what much of the available general knowledge today is not accurate. His research emphasizes more accurate, documented, and proper portrayals of surveying during that period. He will discuss Colonial surveying, including display of equipment from the 18th century, for example, a compass from about 1771, information about Guy Broadwater who surveyed in what was then Hampshire County and now includes Hampshire, Morgan, and Mineral Counties, and replicas he has made of some of Broadwater’s surveys.
Ms. Parish has collected an extensive library and attended many seminars in relation to the making of 18th century children’s clothing. She demonstrates the tape loom and lucet.
Ms. Parish will discuss 18th Century children’s clothing, the tape loom and lucet.
2013 Founders Day Entertainment
|Saturday September 28, 2013||Sunday September 29, 2013|
|10:45 – 11:45 Rain Crows||10:45—11:45 Charlee Allman|
|12:00 – 1:00 Charlee Allman||12:00—1:00 Andrew McKnight|
|1:15 – 2:45 Maria Rose & Danny Elswick||1:00—2:00 Joe and Sam Herrmann|
|4:30 – 6:00 Old Time Jammers|
Sat. 10:45 - 11:45
Rain Crow is a classic rock and roll band from Hampshire County. Band members include George Constantz, Bill Harris, Jim Morris and Steve Bailes. Some tunes will take you back to the 50s and 60s; some tunes are current.
Sat. 12:00 - 1:00
Charlee Shae Allman is eleven years old. She attends 5th grade at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School, Front Royal, Va. She has been singing since she was 7. She has strong vocals for being so petite. She regularly performs at various benefits and fund raisers. She sings the National Anthem often at local sporting events and once headlined the Warren Sentinel newspaper. Charlee loves to perform all types of music. Her favorite singers are Adele', Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Beyonce'. She loves to watch American Idol and has hopes to be on the show one day. Her other interests are swimming, art, and playing soccer. Her family and friends are very proud of her.
Maria Rose and Danny Elswick
Website Sat. 1:15 - 2:15
Maria Rose and Danny Elswick are featured performers every month on the “Midwest Country” TV Show on RFD-TV. They have toured 11 times overseas with the USO/Dept. of Defense to entertain our Armed Forces around the world, and have shared the stage with humorous national entertainers. Maria and Danny have recorded 10 CDs in their own studio, Mada Recording. They’ve been inducted in West Virginia, and the Midwest Country Music Halls of Fame.
Old Time Jammers
Sat. 4:30 - 6:00
Talented musicians from Hampshire County take the stage to jam for the enjoyment of all, including their own.
Website Sun. 10:45 - 11:45
Returning to Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival after his 2011 performance, Seth Maynard is a Guitarist, Producer/Engineer, and Songwriter. His years of training at Berklee College of Music are evident in his skillful and colorful guitar stylings. He performs as many as 150 shows each year at various regional venues and serves as Ad junct Music Faculty at Davis & Elkins College. He also owns and operates Lone Wolf Productions where his recording/producing credits are numerous.
Website Sun. 10:45-11:45
His solo performances are a bit like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical sounds cape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. Over the last couple of years McKnight has been part of the Rocky Mountain, South Florida, Boston and Delmarva Folk Festival lineups, played the Kennedy Center in DC, and performed at dozens of listening rooms, theatres, festivals and house concerts across the U.S.. He has been a guest on NPR’s “Art of the Song” and “River City Folk” shows as well as dozens of public and community stations nationwide, and his music is also frequently heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio.
Sam & Joe Herrmann
Website Sun. 1:00 - 2:00
Since 1975, Sam and Joe Herrmann have brought traditional American music to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland. With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, they tend a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music. They combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and vocals to create a warm and engaging sound. Sam and Joe have played at numerous folk music venues, festivals, and concerts including the Birchmere , the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Carter Family Fold, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Clearwater's Hudson River Revival, and the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival. They have appeared on radio shows such as Mountain Stage, Voices from the Mountains, and Live at the Birchmere, and on television shows such as Live at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Music from Home, and the Today Show. They have 7 CDs: Gather 'round (2008), The Dulcimer Collection (2000), Cowboys and Indians (1995), Great Dreams (1988), By and By (1985), Sweet Home (1983), and Poor Boy (1979).
Please visit these Links for information about the area and other activities:
County Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Bottling Works
Romney, West Virginia's Community Cultural Center
County Convention & Visitors Bureau