Early days in Preston and Taylor Counties in WV are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this New 46 page booklet comprised of excerpts from four rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis (1889); West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry by Morris Purdy Shawkey (1928); and Virginia, a Guide to the Mountain State, a WPA publication (1941) The booklet is printed on 60# opaque paper, with the print size enlarged as needed to fit the 8 1/2 x 11 size. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Past or present communities include: (some are not mentioned in the booklet) Preston: Kingwood, Reedsville, Rowlesburg, Bruceton, Mason Town, Cascade, Terra Alta (formerly Cranberry) and Greer, Albright, Amboy, Arthurdale, Aurora, Brandonville. Bretz, Bruceton Mills, Corinth, Cuzzart, Eglon, Hazelton, Hopemont, Horse Shoe Run, Independence, Manheim, Masontown, Newburg and Tunnelton Taylor: Pruntytown (formerly Williamsport), Grafton, Blueville, Fetterman, Flemington, Rosemont, Simpson, Thornton, and Wendel. Among the many subjects included are: physical features, early court officals, importance of the northern panhandle, the Kingwood tunnel and the B and O Railroad in the Civil War; Newspapers and other publications; Agriculture; the "Buckwheat Belt", Cheat River, Rock Forge, the ghost of a twice-born town; Tygarts Reservoir Dam, and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of many county residents of the late 1800s. These frequently include ancestors, siblings, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. The biographies include: PRESTON: Dr. Barrack S. Rankin, Dr. Brooke A. Rees, Charles E. Trembly, William M. O. Dawson, Newton Montgomery, Melvin C. Snyder, Robert D. Harman, Arthur G. Clayton, Frank J. Pyle, James D. Browning, William G. Conley, Marshall C. Bowermaster, Millard W. Harris, William A. Smith, and Phra E. Kercheval, Brooke Allen Rees, Frederick J. Reed. TAYLOR: Ralph H. Cline, Harold A. Rice, Charles Brinkman, Thomas K. Faherty, Charles H. Warder, J. Guy Allender, Ole Everett Wyckoff, Jed W. Robinson, Charles O. King, James C. Holt, Harry A. Abbott, Charles H. Warder, G. Wesley Evans.