I came across this poem called Homesick Hillbilly by Ellen Bailey, and I just had to share it, because I know how she feels. I had to leave my little one-horse hometown to find work. I’m still in WV, but I do wish I could go back to my little small town. I hope you enjoy this poem!
This video was made by On The Road In West Virginia on Facebook. It is a small history of Gilmer county, which is where I grew up! I lived about 1 mile from Glenville, which is the county seat. I hope you enjoy this video, and go visit On The Road in West Virginia and watch all their videos!
Glenville is one of those “one horse towns” you hear about. When I lived there, it had 1 stoplight. At that time, I thought it was hokey and couldn’t understand what the appeal was, but I do now. It’s small and tightly knit. People are friendly and help each other. It’s relatively safe and quiet.
I used to go back home several times a year, but since my mother sold the house and moved in with my sister, I no longer have a place to go. I do miss it very much. Although, I have occasionally made it back for the WV State Folk Festival. I do miss my dad being there, though. He was a permanent fixture during most of them until he passed away. He and his brothers had played bluegrass music there, and many other places for years, and he still had jam sessions with lots of folks outside his camper even up in his last years. I would love, someday, to be able to live back home again!