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This little piggy went to the Barbour County fair

Exponent Telegram by Kirsten Reneau Eight-year-old Kylen Rosencrance rides his pig, which he named Pork Chop “because that’s what he’s going to be.”
Exponent Telegram by Kirsten Reneau
Eight-year-old Kylen Rosencrance rides his pig, which he named Pork Chop “because that’s what he’s going to be.”

BELINGTON, W.Va. — The Barbour County Fair, which is in full swing this week, allows patrons to have fun while learning a little about the area’s heritage.

In addition to the amusement rides and carnival food, there are reminders of farm life in earlier times. One of those reminders is a one-room school on the fairgrounds.

“The Mouse Run School was built in the mid 1840s,” Sandy Lantz, a retired school teacher, said Thursday. “It’s representative of what a one-room school was like.”

 The school provides a historic look at Barbour County, showing how children were educated until around the middle of the last century

“It’s part of our heritage,” Lantz said. “In 1930, there were about 450 one-room schools in West Virginia. The last one to close was in Ritchie County in 1978.”

History also is on display in the form of draft horses…

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