Lewis County

Lewis County was also once the hand blown glass capital of the world. Many of our fine glass factories have sadly closed but the glass industry still flourishes here in small shops. Stop into Appalachian Glass and watch this dying art demonstrated daily as well as purchase a beautiful hand-blown friendship ball there. You can also see many other Appalachian heritage crafts while there. Masterpiece Crystal in the small town of Jane Lew has handmade and lead-free glass. They also offer tours and a gift shop. Take a beautiful piece of Lewis County glass home with you. {read more}

Stonewall Jackson

Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824 to Jonathan and Julie Neale Jackson in Clarksburg, VA. (Now West Virginia) He had brown hair and blue-grey eyes. He was christened Thomas in honor of his mother's father.

Thomas had two older siblings, a sister Elizabeth born in 1819 and a brother Warren born in 1821. When Tom was two years old, his father and sister Elizabeth fell ill with typhoid fever and died. His mother, a few weeks later, gave birth to a little girl she named Laura. Julia Jackson, 28, was left penniless with three small children. {read more}