W.Va. — Storyteller Judi Tarowsky will present “Burning Springs –The Forgotten
Story” at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 17 at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological
Complex in Moundsville. A question and answer session will follow. The
hour-long program is free and open to the public.
program tells the Civil War-era tale of the West Virginia town of Burning
Springs, an oil boom town in Wirt County on the banks of the Little Kanawha
River, and the events that happened on May 9, 1863. Confederate troops
commanded by General William (Grumble) Jones marched on the town, and set fire
to the oil field. The blaze destroyed the town, but no civilian lives were
lost. The raid was considered so sensitive to the Union that no newspapers
reported the story, and no federal record exists of it.
Young Tarowsky graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree
in journalism, and began her career with the Wheeling Intelligencer before
working for The Herald-Star in Steubenville, Ohio, and The Wheeling
News-Register. In 2008, she started her own company, Red Horse Writing Service,
Ltd., and studied to become a professional storyteller. She received a graduate
certificate in storytelling in 2010 from the University of North Texas School
of Information Sciences. In 2006, she won first place in the Inaugural
Annual Strand Theatre Story Telling Festival’s Adult Amateur Liar’s Contest and
placed second in 2007. Her work appears in the digital web concert, “Spinning
Yarns Storytelling Concert,” at http://www.courses.unt.edu/efiga/SpinningYarns/index.htm.
by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound
Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built
by the Adena people between 250 - 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest
earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the
Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric
people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West
Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum,
located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.