Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weekly Black & White Photography

An American Country Post Office


This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and was exposed for 1/250 sec. @ F4.

Upper Tract, WV is a very small community that is located on U.S. 220 between Petersburg and Franklin, WV. It lies at the confluence of Reeds Creek and the South Branch Potomac River.

The history of Upper Tract, WV can be traced back as far as 1756 when Fort Upper Tract, along with the nearby Fort Seybert, was built. Most likely it was a circular enclosure about 90 feet in diameter, with logs about 10’ tall set side by side.

About 1758 Fort Upper Tract was destroyed by a band of French and Indians on April 27. During the destruction, 22 person were killed or captured, including the killing of James Dunlap who commanded the fort.

This photo shows what the U.S. Post Office looks like today. It is beautiful country down through that valley and U.S. Route 220 rides along the river, for the most part, between Petersburg and Franklin. It is well worth the drive just to see country that most people will never experience.

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