Promised a couple of pictures of the porch.
This is one of the pews from the church behind a table in the porch, there is another pew inside the house by another table.
It's turned really cold here but milder weather forecast for next week so hope to get back out and explore a bit more.
I'm looking to buy a metal detector as I'm finding quite a few historical references to the area where the church is located- might be fun to see what I could find. It's probably been picked over or washed out by floods but I guess you never know. We're less than a quarter mile from a large rock formation that is mentioned as being a major location for the Wappacomo (different spellings in different sources) tribe at one time. Will research some choices for a detector and drop some hints for Christmas!
I also found references to specific Civil War skirmishes that were fought at the rocks nearby and on the two river fords that were above and below the formation. One of the river fords emptied directly on to what is now the church property and we were told that at times, people could walk across the rocks in the river to attend church?
Reading about the local history has been quite interesting- amazing to read about the families from the area before 1900 and how so many of the people we've met here are descendants. A couple of times I've read about a happening from say 1897, then run in to someone in town whose great or great-great grandfather was involved.
The most interesting book so far was one that described "The History of Hampshire County WV to the Present" with the present being 1897. The church we bought is mentioned in one location as being on the "circuit" of a particular parson. I found it online as a free e-book, amazing! I also found out that our local newspaper has paper copies of the book selling for about $90 (it's over 700 pages) so might have to splurge or make another holiday hint, lol. The e-book is great because you can search but a paper copy would be fun to have at the church given the limited cell coverage there for internet.
Thanks for the interests and questions.