When I bought my home, I inherited with it a rustic sign bearing the words W. Va Fur and Root complete with bullet holes. I find the sign appealing and it hangs in my kitchen. The previous owner ran a salvage, tanning, and ginseng business out of this structure which I refer to as a former barn, but was more accurately an outbuilding. Rumor has it he expanded too quickly and during the 80s recession was forced to file bankruptcy. I dislike that his misfortune gave me the home where I was finally able to put down deep roots.
The sign hung from a homemade bracket on the front of the barn for a good while. It wasn’t until I stumbled downstairs one day in my nightgown to find a good old boy standing in my kitchen holding untanned deer hides that the sign came inside. The chains that attached it to the barn still swing in the breeze. I suppose I should hang wind chimes on them.
Over the years the sign has come to have a personal meaning for me. In some respects, it channels Kate Long’s Root Hog and an old t-shirt of mine bearing the slogan West Virginia: No Place for Wimps. I like the old wood and simple lettering complete with the old-style abbreviation. Mostly, it reminds me that life is a comedy and you never end up where you think you will.
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I have read your posts so many times, but this is the first time I have read the about me page on your blog. I never knew what the name of your blog meant… I guess if I had been a little more attentive and browsed around some more, I might have figured it out…
Anna, The Pilot’s Wife
Also a fierce invalid…
I love that sign! It hangs in my kitchen and, right now, is in bad need of dusting. It’s good to see you here. I haven’t trundled over to your blog yet, but it’s on my to-do list. Unfortunately this time of year my to-do list is a 3-volume set. 🙂
I was searching the Internet, wondering if W.Va Fur & Root was still in business. I found your blog page that gave me the answer, in a most entertaining way. I used to work at WNST radio in Milton, and W.Va Fur and Root was one of our advertising clients. Now I know. Thank you so much.