pioneer farm

Photo courtesy of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources / One of the most popular Twin Falls Resort State Park features is the Pioneer Farm. Once the Bowers family home, the Pioneer Farm is open to the public as a piece of living history and working farm, complete with residents, garden, and livestock.w

Twin Falls Resort State Park will host a Farm-to-Table dinner Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at the 1800s Pioneer Farm, weather permitting. Cost is $50 per person.

Advance reservations are required by phoning 304-294-4005.

The Farm-to-Table dinners were held at several state parks last year.

“This was an extremely popular event last year,” said Paul Redford, West Virginia State Parks district administrator.

State parks partner with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia Farmers Market Association to feature the best of West Virginia food and beverages, according to park officials.

The meals are a great way to sample local food as well as explore the park.

The Twin Falls menu will include iron-skillet fried chicken, homemade meatloaf, Pioneer Farm garden fresh roasted corn, Pioneer Farm-grown potatoes, deviled eggs made with fresh local eggs, garden-ripe tomatoes and cucumbers, Mike’s green beans, sautéed summer squash and zucchini parmesan, fresh coleslaw, stone-ground buttermilk cornbread with West Virginia preserves and honey, blackberry cobbler and apple pie, sweet tea, Moonshiner’s Daughter fresh-squeezed lemonade, West Virginia Mountaineer roasted coffee, Berkley Springs Twin Falls Bottled Water, and watermelon.

Acoustic music, performed by The Kessinger Brothers, will be provided on the porch.

Participants can meet the Pioneer Farm family and view the garden.

Horseshoes will be available after dinner.

The park’s first superintendent, Morris E. “Smokey” Harsh (1918-2006), who served from 1968-79, is responsible for the salvation of the Bowers home place that is now known as the Pioneer Farm.

It has become one of the most popular park features and is also one of the most photographed sites in the state.

Under the direction of Harsh, re-building the Pioneer Farm was completed in 1974 and completely open to public visitation.

Unfortunately, vandalism proved to be a major problem.

As a result, in 1977, it was decided the farm needed a full-time resident.

Today, the farm is a piece of living history, complete with on-site residents, garden, and livestock, according to Scott Durham, park superintendent.

Named for Marsh Fork Falls and Black Fork Falls, Twin Falls Resort State Park boasts nearly 4,000 acres of tranquil beauty and unspoiled landscapes.

Open year-round, the park includes an 18-hole, Par 71 golf course, driving range, pro shop, 50-site campground with two comfort stations and contact center, nearly 30 miles of hiking/biking trails, nature programs, playgrounds and picnic areas, large picnic shelters, and 14 cabins.

The lodge complex features 47 guest rooms and suites, gift shop, expanded meeting and conference facilities, full-service restaurant, as well as an indoor pool and fitness room for guests.

For more information about the activities and facilities at Twin Falls Resort State Park, phone 304-294-4000 or on the web at www.twinfallsresort.com.

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