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“Friends of Blackwater works to protect the landscapes, natural and human communities, and heritage of the Blackwater Watershed and Canyon and to promote its sustainable economic development through public outreach, advocacy and restoration."


Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Conference huge success!

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Proposed Pipelines Threaten Monongahela National Forest? 

Dominion, NiSource and EQT have proposed pipelines that will stretch across West Virginia and Virginia to move natural gas to the coast for export. They could impact our public lands in the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests. We are watching these developing proposals with concern.   You can view the maps and read articles about these proposed pipeline projects by clicking here.  We are meeting with the Forest Service about the issue and we will keep you updated.

Cheat Canyon Protected!

After eleven years of stalwart advocacy by Friends of Blackwater (and our wonderful allies), the entire wild and scenic Cheat River Canyon in Preston County is now permanently safe from destructive logging and road-building -- and will be moved into public ownership. Click here to read more!




Limerock Reunion June 29th At Hendricks City Park

On Sunday afternoon June 29th the Tucker County Historical Society, Friends of Blackwater and the City of Hendricks sponsored a picnic at the Hendricks City Park for descendants of folks who lived atLimerock in Blackwater Canyon. A special thank you to all whose hard work and effort made this event a success - Roy Teter, Rose Davis and many more.

Master of Ceremonies Danny Barkley
Gospel & Old Time Music by:
Elivira Leard
Mont & Barb Miller
Keith McDaniel & Steve Booth
Tom Rodd & Back Porch Music Time
Mike Fulton & Friends
Alan Clarke Author of Western Maryland Railway in West Virginia
Denver Barnett: WV Railroad Museum
Ron Eckard: Author of Eckards: From the Rhine to Limerock

Please click here to view pictures of the event.

Call 304-345-7663 Friends of Blackwater or contact Rose Davis at the Historical Society: for more information.


Ben's Old Loom Barn - A Highlands Business with Deep Roots

Ben's Old Loom Barn is located on Cortland Road South in Canaan Valley. The Loom Barn was built by Dorothy and Ben Thompson in the early 1980’s. Dorothy Thompson started her weaving experience when she attended Arthurdale School in Preston County, West Virginia. She and her family moved to Arthurdale in 1935 as homesteaders in a well-known New Deal homesteading project. For more information click here to read our latest newsletter.

Ben's Old Loom Barn is open for the summer in Canaan Valley.  Stop by and visit Sarah and learn about the history of these handweavers.