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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
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News Release: September 19, 2012

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Lost River State Park, lostriversp@wv.gov, 304-897-5372

Lost River State Park part of Hardy County Heritage Weekend September 28-30

            MATHIAS, W.Va. – Lost River State Park will offer activities in conjunction with Heritage Weekend in Hardy County the weekend of September 28-30.

            Heritage Weekend began in 1953 as a way to raise money for the county public library. The annual fall event honors the rich culture and history of Hardy County and its past and present residents. Residents volunteer their homes and barns as settings for activities events. The east side of the county features crafts, music, home grown and cooked foods during this celebration.

            Lost River State Park, near Mathias, adds to the weekend festivities with Civil War based presentation by the Federal Generals Corps, Lee House tours and other activities.  Activities at Lost River State Park are open to the public and without charge.  

            For more information about cabins, hiking trails and activities at Lost River State Park, call 304-897-5372 or visit www.lostriversp.com. To learn more about the entertainment, home tours, Mathias pancake dinner, community yard sale, 10-K run, and other Heritage Weekend activities throughout Hardy County, visit www.heritageweekend.com or call 304-530-0280.

About the Federal Generals Corps

            The Federal General Corps was founded in 2007 with a membership that includes individuals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Federal Generals Corps’ mission is to share the history about the Civil War period of American History with the general public. The presentations are "first person" impressions of general officers, officers, enlisted men, politicians, and civilians.  The Federal Generals Corps is a non-political, family oriented organization that volunteers time to teach history. Learn more about this organization at www.federalgeneralscorp.com.

Activities at Lost River State Park September 28-30

Friday, September 28

5 – 6 p.m.       Nature Bingo  Location: Nature Center.

7 – 8 p.m.       “Walk Into the Twilight Zone”  

A night hike to look and listen for bats, owls, and other evening creatures.

Saturday, September 29

1 - 2 p.m.       “Meet the Generals”

Civil War buffs and history enthusiasts come to the camp by the fire pit and meet Gen. Grant and some other Union officers and get first hand stories of the American Civil War.  Presented by the Federal Generals Corps. Camp opens at 9 a.m. for visiting. If it rains, presentations will be in the recreation hall.

3 – 4 p.m.       “Meet the Generals”

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          Lee House Open for Tours

Learn about the remarkable past of Lost River State Park, the CCC, Lighthorse Harry Lee, and the Lee Sulphur Springs resort. Follow the trail across from the Bath House to the Lee House.

7 – 8 p.m.       Campfire!

An old fashioned campfire with s’mores. Special for Heritage Weekend for Civil War and history buffs – come meet Union officers Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and others, both Army and Navy, from the Federal Generals Corps of living historians.  Rain location is the recreation hall.

Sunday, September 30

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          Lee House Open for Tours

1 - 2 p.m.       “Meet the Generals”

Camp opens at 9 a.m. for visiting. Rain location is the recreation hall.

2 – 3 p.m.       Special presentation

Gen. Robert E. Lee as portrayed by Al Stone.  Rain location is the recreation hall.

3 – 4 p.m.      “Meet the Generals”