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Picturing The Past: DuPont State Recreational Forest Holds Deep History


September 23, 2019

The Little River could be forded on a natural rock base, except on rare occasions when the water was high. Both photos are from a Bromfield family album and were taken in the early 1900s.

High Falls in present day DuPont State Recreational Forest has long been a popular destination. Beginning in the 1850s, the Little River Turnpike ran from the valley through Grange, Buck Forest and Cedar Mountain to Jones Gap Road. Along the way, travelers could stop at the Buck Forest Hotel and spend several days exploring nearby sites.

Early newspaper accounts provide numerous stories of adventurers.

A 1929 Sylvan Valley News remembrance states, "In the days of our grandparents and great-grandparents, it was a favorite amusement for the young bloods to get up a party and spend a week o...

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