"Montani Semper Liberi" & More
Here are just a few fascinating facts about West Virginia, some of which are included in his publication:
*Montani Semper Liberi" ("Mountaineers are Always Free") is our official State Motto. Oft times, our elected officials struggle to understand and preserve this precious liberty.
*"Vandalia" was the first name suggested for West Virginia, as part of a proposed 14th colony, which also included Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The first name proposed for the current State of West Virginia was "Kanawha", although that proposal did not include the current Eastern Panhandle as part of West Virginia.
*The West Virginia "State Fruit" is not our elected public officials. It is the Golden Delicious Apple.
*Romney (Hampshire County) and Shepherdstown (Jefferson County) fiercely contest which was the first incorporated municipality in West Virgina, but Hedgesville (Berkeley County) was third.
*Civil War General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was born in West Virginia.
*The Grandparents of famous frontiersman and hero of the Alamo, Davy Crockett, lived in Spring Mills (Berkeley County). Their home still stands, just a few scant miles from my home in Falling Waters.
*"Pepperoni Rolls" were created by West Virginia coal miners, as a handy meal to take with them into the depths of coal mines. West Virginia Delegate Joshua Nelson authored a resolution naming pepperoni rolls as the official West Virginia State Food in the 2013 session of the West Virginia Legislature.
* The smallest state park in the United States is "Berkeley Springs State Park", which is right smack downtown in the West Virginia town of "Bath". Nope, the name of the town of Bath is not Berkeley Springs. Berkeley Springs only is the name of the Post Office which serves the town of Bath.
*I'm not telling what is "The Mystery Hole". Read Danny's book to find out that fact. (Visit www.DannyPettry.com for more of this about that. )