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Woman helps put spin on Hedgesville heritage

October 11, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HEDGESVILLE, W.VA. -- Micki Smith knows a little about spinning yarns, both the wool and political type.

"I used to be a spin doctor before I retired," Smith said Saturday at the Hedgesville Heritage Day celebration.

Now, the Back Creek Valley woman just spins the old-fashioned way - on a castle-type spinning wheel.

"You can almost feel your blood pressure go down ... it takes you into a focus ... it's like white noise," Smith said as her peddling attracted more than a few people outside the entrance to Mount Zion Episcopal Church.

A church member, Smith demonstrated spinning as part a bazaar held for the first time in conjunction with the small town's celebration, which attracted a large crowd.

Church docent Joy Nathan said George Washington attended services at what originally was known as Hedges Meeting House, a log structure that was replaced by the current brick building that opened for services in 1818. It remains in use by an active congregation.

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During a tour of the small church, Nathan showed a collection of prayer books, one apparently dating to 1787, and a Bible in remarkably good condition from 1840.

"Sometime, we need to get these out on display," Nathan said.

Hedgesville Mayor Mary Sue Catlett said the pleasant weather attracted a great turnout for the event, which she said has been held regularly for the last 15 years.

"Today is perfect - it is absolutely beautiful," Catlett said.

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