Sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)
and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC)
Visit the restored home of Edgar and Lizzie Meadows, and learn about their life together at their mountainside farm near Syria, Virginia. With a variety of activities planned, this is a great event for history buffs, hikers, families, and local citizens. The event is free, though pre-registration is required due to limited parking.
There are many great things to check out:
The home will be available for open house tours from 10 am to 4 pm. Built by Edgar Meadows in 1913, it was recently restored by the PATC for use by its members. The home has undergone changes over the years but much of the original structure is intact or restored.
Members of the Meadows family, including descendents of Edgar Meadows, will be on hand to share stories of life on the family farm. Members of the local Graves, Slaughter, and Tanner families will also be there to share information, including old photos and other materials. Archival materials, including early film footage of the area and historic maps, will also be on display.
At 1 pm, there will be a presentation called "Mountain Memories," by local historian Jim Lillard. His talk will include a history of the region woven with stories, old photos, and other images from the past.
The cabin is surrounded by some of the area's best hiking trails, many of which pass by historic features that are partially hidden in the forest. With a little closer look, you can often see old home sites, rock walls, garden terraces, and cemeteries – particularly in the winter before the plants begin to bloom. A special brochure will be available that maps some of these features and describes a few circuit hikes in the area that offer varying degrees of difficulty.
There will be music, refreshments, cooking demonstrations, and conversation at the cabin throughout the day. Local representatives from both PEC and PATC will be on hand to answer your questions.
*Driving directions to the event parking area will be emailed once you are registered. The parking area is approximately 1/4 mile from the cabin. Visitors who need transportation can be dropped off and picked up at the cabin.
Back Row (From left): William Franklin Meadows, Lucian Edgar Meadows, Andrew Franklin Meadows.
Front Row (From left): Delia Lam Meadows, Irwin Warfield Meadows, Mary Ellen McDaniel Meadows.
Photo courtesy of Jan Hensley
Glady "Sissy" Meadows and younger
brother Alvin Meadows at their home
in Finks Hollow.
Photo courtesy of Ellen Early