Eighth Annual Founders Day Festival
Capon Bridge, WV

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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 clip of a previous festival.

Festival Attractions

  • 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
  • Apple Butter Making (Sat)
  • Car Show (10 AM Sat)
  • Chili Cook-off (1 PM Sun)
  • 5K Run (8 AM Sun)
  • Lumberjack Show (1:00 PM Sun)


All monies donated or raised by the committee are used to pay Festival expenses.

In order to particiate: 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.

2014 Founders Day History Presentations

Saturday September 27, 2014 Sunday September 28, 2014
11:00 Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson 10:00 Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson
12:30 Sherryrobin Boland, History of Herbal Gardens 12:00 Paul Parish, Colonial Surveying**
2:00 Charles Boland, 18th Century Furniture Making** 1:30 Elissa Parish, 18th Century Children’s Clothing**
2:30 Jim Morris, Stringed Instrument Making**  
3:30 Mary Balint, Basket Making in Southern Appalachian Mountains**  
4:00 Rob Wolford, Fostering Historic Preservation through Social Media *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.

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    Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson*

    Sat. 11:00
    Tricia Strader as Belle Boyd

    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.

    Sherryrobin Boland*

    Sat. 12:30
    Charles BolandChair made by Charles Boland

    Ms. Boland is a West Virginia Master Gardener.  She grows and studies 18th century herbs and has a background in herbal medicine and preparations and 18th century herbal garden design and function. She has been gardening since she was a child with over 50 plus years of digging in the dirt.  Ms. Boland will discuss the history of herbs, gardens in the 18th century, and the frontier gardens that would have been in Hampshire County.

    Charles Boland*

    Sat. 2:00
    Charles BolandChair made by Charles Boland

    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 demonstrating 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.  www.storybookjoinery.com

    Jim Morris*

    Sat. 2:30
    Jim Morris

    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.

    Mary Balint*

    Sat. 3:30
    Mary Balint

    Ms. Balint is a retired Registered Nurse.  She has studied basketmaking 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. 

    Rob Wolford

    Sat. 4:00
    Rob Wolford

    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 his use of social media to foster historic preservation through increased literacy. The vehicle has been the “Hampshire History” page hosted by Mr. Wolford on Facebook.  Since its inception, the page has attracted over one thousand subscribers that share images, stories, ideas and perceptions about local history.  The result has been an exchange and distribution of imagery and resources that has better insured the viability of the historic fabric and elevated awareness and appreciation of the common history the community shares.


    Doug Riley as Stonewall Jackson

    Sun. 10:00
    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.

    Paul Parish*

    Sun. 12:00
    Paul Parish

    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 that 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.

    Elissa Parish

    Sun. 1:30
    Elissa ParishElissa Parish - store sign

    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.

    2014 Founders Day Entertainment

    Friday Semptember 26, 2014 Saturday September 27, 2014 Sunday September 28, 2014
    6:00-8:00 pm Short Mountain Brothers 10:00 - 11:00 Rain Crow 11:00 - 12:00 Seth Maynard
      11:30 - 12:30 Charlee Allman 12:30 - 1:30 Joe Herrmann & Joe Fallon
      1:00 - 2:00 Maria Rose & Danny Elswick 2:00 - 4:00 Bear Hill Bluegrass Band
      3:45 - 4:45 Andrew McKnight  
      5:00 - 6:00 Cabin Jammers  

    Friday Evening

      Short Mountain Brothers

      Fri. 6:00-8:00
      Short Mountain Brothers

      The Short Mountain Brothers are a Bluegrass/Gospel group. The group formed 2 years ago after releasing their first album “Soulful Dream’n”. After releasing their second album “Goodbye for Now” the group became known as Joseph Hott & The Short Mountain Brothers. In 2012/2013 The Short Mountain Brothers appeared on a TV show and played many festivals and put on many different shows. This summer they are releasing their third album “Riding the Rails” with special guest Chris Sexton of Nothin’ Fancy and Robert Mabe of Dry Mill Road. The group has been putting on a show for all ages with a mixture of oldies, and songs the band has written. They also throw in a mixture of happy and sad songs but out of all these mixtures every song tells a story! Be sure to follow the group on Facebook and keep up with the latest releases, news, and show dates, it’s a show you don’t want to miss! 


      Rain Crow

      Sat. 10:00 - 11:00
      Rain Crow

      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.

      Charlee Allman

      Sat. 11:30 - 12:30
      Charlee Allman singerr

      Charlee Shae Allman is 13 years old and attends Warren County Middle School Front Royal, Virginia.  She is in the 7th grade and lives at home with her parents Steve, Tammy, and her younger brother Gavin. Charlee has been singing Country and Pop songs since age 7. She regularly sings the National Anthem at local sporting events.  Charlee recently sang the National Anthem at the Verizon Center for the Washington Capitals hockey team, for the Washington Wizards basketball team and for the Washington Nationals.  She performs at county fairs and various fund raisers to help others. She was the winner of The Capital Country Challenge, a singing competition held by Wesley Housing, in 2012 and has been the recipient of many recognitions.

      Maria Rose and Danny Elswick from the Midwest Country Show on RFD-TV

      Sat. 1:00 - 2:00
      Maria Rose and Danny Elswick singer

      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 numerous 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.  www.mariarose.com

      Andrew McKnight

      Sat. 3:45 - 4:45
      Andrew McKnight band

      Andrew McKnight’s solo performances are a bit like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical soundscape 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.    http://andrewmcknight.net

      Cabin Jammers

      Sat. 5:00 - 6:00

      Talented musicians from Hampshire County take the stage to jam for the enjoyment of all, including their own enjoyment.




      Seth Maynard

      Sun. 11:00 - 12:00
      Seth Maynard band

      Returning to Cabin Bridge Founders Day Festival after his 2011, 2012, and 2013 performances, 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 Adjunct Music Faculty at Davis & Elkins College. He also owns and operates Lone Wolf Productions where his recording/producing credits are numerous.


      Joe Herrmann and Joe Fallon

      Sun. 12:30 - 1:30

      Sam & Joe Herrmann bandSince 1975, Joe Herrmann has brought traditional American music to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland.  With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, he and his wife 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.  Joe Herrmann has 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.  He has 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. Joe Fallon
       Joe Fallon will perform with Joe Herrmann.  Joe Fallon has played with Critton Hollow String Bank for 35 years on banjo, guitar and vocals.  He works as a Physician’s Assistant in Charlottesville, Virginia.   Critton Hollow String Band has recorded 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).   www.crittonhollow.com


      Bear Hill Bluegrass Band

      Sun. 2:00 - 4:00

      Bear Hill Bluegrass BandTrue traditional bluegrass music from the Appalachain Mountains of West Virginia" Bear Hill Bluegrass has the right combination of high energy, comedy, and audience participation. These five versatile muscians can adjust their repertoire as needed whether it be hard driving bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, or classic country mix. Having played venues with the top entertainers like JR Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Mountain Heart, and Claire Lynch, Bear Hill is a musical force coming to the front of the music scene.  


Upcoming    Festival

September 25, 26, & 27, 2015

Friday: 6 PM - 8PM PM
Saturday 10 AM - 6PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM

Admission is free for all ages! Along with free parking and shuttle bus.

Please, No Pets Allowed

Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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