Explore the history of Taylor County through photo contest


TAYLOR COUNTY—It is often said that one must know their past in order to know their future, and the West Virginia University Taylor County Extension Service has come up with a fun way to help folks learn about local history.

The Extension Service is welcoming residents of all ages to participate in their Taylor County History Photo Challenge.

“Taylor County has a rich and varied history,” said 4-H Program Assistant Sheila Westfall. “We invite you to celebrate our history through this photo contest.”

Whether it is the county's role in the American Civil War or the founding of Mother's Day by one of its residents, Taylor County has put itself on the map, and to help showcase some of its biggest and most memorable moments in history, the Extension Service has compiled a list of places for folks to visit on their quest to shut out the competition.

Grab your car keys and cameras and head out to find key locations throughout the county during their first-ever history photo contest.

And while the contest is currently underway, there is still plenty of time to take part in and complete it, but residents will need to act fast, as the challenge closes at the end of the month.

So how do you take part? It’s simple.

The Extension Service has assigned 12 locations for participants to visit. Once there, pull out your camera, snap a picture and post them to Facebook, making sure to tag the Taylor County Extension office, by typing @WVU Taylor County Extension Service.

A list of historical sites has already been compiled, and the Extension Service has been so kind as to provide directions to each location.

The list also provides historical facts about each location. Locations to visit include the International Mother’s Day Shrine and the B&O Depot, among others.

And for those vying for the top spot, a stop in Bluemont Cemetery will earn some bonus points!

Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants in two age categories: adult for those 18 years of age and older and youth, for participants who are 17 and younger.

The adult who visits the most locations, uploads their pictures and tags the Extension office will win a light-up cornhole set, just in time for those summer get-togethers.

The second-place winner will take home a disc slam set, while third-place will receive a battle bags set.

Meanwhile, the top performing youth will also receive a light-up cornhole set, while the second-place finisher will be awarded a ladderball set and third-place can put their aim to the test with their new Jarts set.

The WVU Taylor County Extension Service reserves the right to substitute an equally valued prize should the abovementioned prizes no longer are available.

Additionally, in the event of a tie, a drawing will be held to select the winner.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your car keys, hop on your bike or lace up those walking shoes and head out to check out some of the county's most historical places for your chance at some great prizes.

For a complete list of places to visit during the contest, please visit https://extension.wvu.edu/taylor/news/2021/04/30/taylor-county-history-photo-challenge.

“We hope that folks will participate in this challenge in hopes of earning great prizes while learning a little bit more about the county,” imparted Westfall.

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