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.”
“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…