Housekeeper Silvia, her mother, two bridesmaids, the general manager and the Queen’s Department visited the Kump Education Center on Sunday afternoon, October 2.

We were delighted to be able to share the Kump collection of 1930s Forest Festival memorabilia with the royal entourage.

Everyone seemed interested to see how many of the festive traditions we still practice started in the early days of the Mountain State Forest Festival.

2022 chief executive Robbie Morris found a picture of himself in the minor court in a vintage MSFF program. Many other band members remembered things they had enjoyed at past festivals.

Festival traditions are part of our local history that makes Elkins a community with phenomenal volunteerism, artistic expression and civic engagement.

The Kump Education Center is open from 3-5 p.m. Sunday and will be open October 9, 16, and 23. Although we didn’t have many people on our Sunday afternoon visits, we know our collection of 1930s Forest Festival memorabilia is well worth viewing.

Our Forest Festival collection, it will be available from 4-5pm today after the show in front of Kroger. Children are welcome with adults.

The information below will help you on your self-guided tour of the Kump House Forest Festival:

Side Hall: Register in the visitor log, donate and read the drop-down panel to learn more about the architect and builder.

Music Room: See Kump family clothing and a mythological costume worn at festivals in the 1930s.

Salon: Notice the exhibit showing how the dresses of 1930s queens looked like wedding dresses.

Sun Porch: Find out about women’s participation in logging and riding competitions.

Dining Hall: See how drought nearly stopped the first MSFF and how the festival brochures have changed.

Library: Learn about the Roosevelt family’s support for national parks, conservation and preservation.

Breakfast room: watch old Forest Festival programs on the curly maple table made by George Latham.

American culture is evolving and becoming increasingly concerned with our natural environment on earth.

We hope that future generations will build on local traditions to develop greater awareness and effectiveness in the management of forest, soil and water conservation.



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