During the month of June Stacy Ford, the NRGRDA’s West Virginia State University Extension Agent, worked on organizing the Making a Difference (MAD) group, John Henry Days Committee, John Henry Historical Society, Hilldale-Talcott Community Club, the retired Bell Telephone Pioneers and the Summers County Drug Court to restore a caboose that sits atop the John Henry Park.
Each groups sent volunteers and met at Caboose in Talcott, at the road side park where the John Henry statute once stood. The John Henry statue was moved inside the John Henry Historical Park, where he now stands in front of the Big Bend Tunnel. However, the caboose was too fragile to move and in desperate need of repairs and painting.
A group of volunteers and community service workers with Summers County Drug Court met July 1 to begin prepping the caboose for the project. The wooden siding needed to be replaced, new windows were needed as well as old paint scraped and the area prepped for paint.
On July 7th, the group met again with about a dozen volunteers, and gave the caboose a much needed paint job. By the end of the day, the Caboose was looking like new, with a red body, and black and white trim. Seven new windows were installed to replace ones that had been vandalized. The ladies of the John Henry Historical Society and the Talcott Ruritan Community Club, furnished lunch and drinks for the volunteers.
This project was completed just before the 20th Anniversary of the John Henry Days festival, July 10-12, 2015.
Those who volunteered their services were: Jack Holt, Cotty Farley, Jimmy Noel, Stacy Ford, Rick Moorefield, Stacy Ford, Ann Tassos, Jane Haga, Bill Dillon, Dorsey Garten, Larry Moorman, Jeremiah Yancy, Austin Handy, Bob Logan, Jim Hodges, Mike McClure, Martha Rookstool, Roger Mann and Joyce Mann and Amy Mann. Many thanks to everyone who helped accomplish this project.