Taylor County History Hunt now under way, clues released

GRAFTON—Grab your kids and get ready to have fun while expanding your minds, as participants of the Taylor County Partners in Prevention Team’s first-ever Taylor County History Hunt.

The hunt, a community-wide scavenger hunt, will have youths in grades first through twelfth traveling throughout the community to find 15 hidden historical figures.

“Those who find the most hidden figures will be entered to win some great prizes,” Coontz revealed. “To help sweeten the deal, the first 50 youths to register for the Taylor County History Hunt will receive a participation packet full of cool items.”

The participants who solve the clues and track down the most items will be rewarded for their incredible problem-solving skills, earning a digital tablet, a bicycle or a drone, according to organizers.

Those wishing to take part in the hunt can register by logging on to tcfamilyresources.org/historyhunt or in person at the TCFR Office, located at 105 Beech Street, Grafton, between the WIC and Salvation Army offices.

Participants can opt to use their smartphone to collect clues or may obtain a paper packet from Taylor County Family Resources.

Packets, complete with as many answers as possible, and smart phone entries will need to be turned in before 4:00 p.m., on March 1 to be entered for a chance at the prizes.

“This event is open to any child who would like to take part, as long as they have a trusted adult who will participate with them. All participants will need to be pre-registered before the event,” Coontz explained. “We hope that you will join us for the first-ever Taylor County History Hunt. It’s sure to be a lot of fun!”

The hunt is currently underway, and the clues are as follows:

• I was taught growing up to not challenge Jim Crow Laws of the South. Back in the day, you might have found me conducting a “sit-in” at the counter of a former hot dog place on the outskirts of Taylor County. Now, local children sit around these tables learning while their parents work.

• I was a native West Virginian who worked as a human computer that enabled travel to another world. To find me in Taylor County, it doesn’t require computing skills, just head over to the Brinkman Block of town. I’m visiting the former 800 seat Opera/ Burlesque House of the late 1800’s where history is now displayed through curated shows of creative endeavors and local culture. 

• I began my career doing corporate research in NYC then went to Chicago to work as community organizer for public housing. I directed a successful voter registration campaign before running for my first elected office. To visit me in Taylor County, you’ll need to find the place where many go to get food, pet food, or everyday essentials. Our tagline is “we are located between WIC and the Salvation Army”.   

• I was a passionate hunter who loved the thrill of tracking and chasing. After my presidency, I went to Africa to track buffalo. Taylor County also holds history with this large animal, where a building in the heart of town bears its name. Come visit me where you can hang out with friends, get your favorite cup of joe, and art is always beautifully displayed.

• I was a general store owner, post master, and lawyer before I was elected. I had many failures, yet, most consider me the “Greatest President”. To visit me in Taylor County, I can be found where “Merchants and Mechanics” would store their hard earned “pennies” in June of 1891. The tower of this building was originally called “the witch’s hat”. Today the building is nothing scary as it collects relics of the past for community members to see and keep. 

• Even though I was born into slavery, I was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of the Civil War. I worked as a teacher in Memphis and became known for my writings on racial segregation and inequality. In fact, these writings forced me to flee Memphis to save my life. To visit me in Taylor County, you’ll find me learning about a local “SHERO”. Her birth place has roots to the Civil War where it served as an important depot for supplies and troops. All in a little place called “Webster”.

• Congress called me the first lady of Civil Rights and the Mother of the Freedom Movement. Although I wasn’t the first, I refused to surrender my seat to a white passenger on segregated bus. You can visit my “bus” in town at the City________ Central playground.

• I was born into slavery but, I couldn’t work in the cotton fields due to illness. I was very interested in plants and soil and many white folks praised me for my acknowledgments and talents on environmentalism. To visit me you’ll need to take Route 50 to the far end of the county where I am in my element surrounded by registered angus and hay of “Morrow Hill Farm” in Flemington. 

• I was born into slavery and escaped to freedom in 1849. I earned the nickname “Black Moses” for my nighttime travels on a different type of “railroad”. Visit me while I’m gaining knowledge of Taylor County at the place that “houses” many books. In 1923, the Eastern Star Woman’s Club began this project in the small basement of the courthouse. In 1979, Taylor County was awarded a grant to build this project in our current location on Beech Street. 

• I was a Virginia plantation owner who served as general of the colonial armies during the American Revolutionary War. I am best known for becoming the first president of the United States. Visit me on Main Street where folks used to shop for groceries and get some lunch by Shirley. Nowadays, folks stop by for some “good grilling and comfort food”.   

• I was an early African American Aviator who was born to a family of sharecroppers in 1892. In order to get my pilot license, I had to travel to country with the “Eiffel Tower”. My nickname was “Queen Bess”. Come visit me in town at the organization where folks can take “action” with unique opportunities to empower themselves, and children get a “head start” for school. 

• I was an American Engineer and the first African American to travel to outer space. I served on a mission that orbited planet Earth for eight days in 1992. I can be found in Taylor County learning about gardening and nutrition. 4H kids come here to learn about agriculture on the top of Hospital Hill. 

• I was a national leader of the abolitionist movement. My oratory skills made me famous when I argued that slaves had the intelligent capacity to function as independent citizens. Another argument I am known for is, that “not all men are treated as equal” as stated in Declaration of Independence.  I can be found in Taylor County on Route 50 just past the elementary school, visiting the “Good Shepherd”.

• I was a movie actor who was best known as a conservative republican in politics. Several of my policies while president, was credited by many, to the demise of Soviet Communism. I can be found visiting Taylor County looking for “old fashioned candy” at the former candy shop located in Cohen Building in downtown Grafton. 

• As president I became more well known by initials than my actual name. Many believed I lived a charmed life known as “Camelot”. While visiting Taylor County, you can find me below Hospital Hill in a newer structure that houses an organization for foster children.


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