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NQA CHARTER #136
RICK TIMS IS COMING TO WV

On July 16 - 18, 2015, Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson  are coming to Waterfront Place Hotel in Morganton, WV. 
For more information, you can contact Franny King, Event Coordinator, Country Roads Quilt Guild at 
quiltwv@gmail.com
Our 2015 retreat is over with lots of quilt tops completed, lots of food eaten and lots of laughs.
Our retreat for 2016, will be June 10th to 12th. If you are interested, please call or email me to be placed on the list.
Underground Railroad

Since several of our members made the Underground Railroad quilt, I found an interesting articles while on retreat. The information was in the Franklin County, PA magazine.

"Underground Railroad Activity in Chambersburg"

Throughout the pre-Civil War period, there were a number of Underground Railroad "stations" in this area, temporary places of refuge for former slaves escaping through the mountainous terrain to freedom in the North. One local Underground Railroad agent was a free black barber, Henry Watson, who assisted fugitive slaves as they passed through Chambersburg, helping to keep them safe and undetected by the slave-catchers and bounty hunters searching for them.

"The South Mountain Road to Freedom"

Franklin County offered a number of entry points as well as the natural protection of Mountains, forests, and caves. The Jacob Shockey farm, near Rouzerville just across the Maryland line, was at the foot of the South Mountain range. The forest sheltered the fugitives by day and under cover of darkness, Shockey would guide the group eight miles to the Hiram Wertz farm near Quincy. From the Wertz farm, the escapees traveled another eight miles to an African-American community near Thaddeus Steven's Caledonia Iron Works. Traveling today, the route would parallel Route 997.
The community, sometimes called Africa, was the third largest African-American population in Franklin County in 1850. 

"Mercersburg Escape Routes"

The Mercersburg African-American population was the largest in Franklin County. Eight miles over the Mason-Dixon line, Mercersburg offered many escape routes that were former Native American pathways. Escaping slaves would follow the Warm Springs Indian Trail, which parallels today's Route 75, into Mercersburg. From here, they traveled to Chambersburg to the safe houses along today's Route 30, and then into Shippensburg along present-day Route 11. From Shippensburg, escapees made their way to Carlisle, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, and on to freedom in Canada. In the 1820's, African-Americans began to settle along Fayette Street, Mercersburg, and the community grew. The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, believed to be part of the Underground Railroad, was located in this neighborhood, as is the Zion Union Cemetery.


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BANANA BREAD
YIELD: 1 LOAF

1/3 c. veg. oil
1 1/2 c. mashed banana
1/2 teas. vanilla
3 eggs
2 1/3 c. Biscuit baking mix
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. nuts, optional
Heat oven to 350. Generously grease bottom of loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches. Stir all ingredients in pan with fork until moistened; beat vigorously 1 min. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around sides of loaf, pressing gently to loosen; remove from pan. 

You may need to sift biscuit mix.
UP COMING QUILT SHOWS

QUILTS BY THE BAY
June 13 - 14, 2015
Annapolis Senior High School
27oo Riva Road
Annapolis, MD

WEST VIRGINIA QUILTERS GUILD
June 18 - 20, 2015
Summersville Arena & Conference Center

SCHOOLHOUSE QUILTERS QUILT SHOW
June 20 - 21, 2015
Allegan County Fairground
Cumberland, Md

MOUNTAIN STATE ART & CRAFT FAIR 
QUILT SHOW
July 2 - 4, 2015
Ripley, WV

FOUR COUNTY QUILTERS QUILT SHOW
August 7 - 9, 2015
E-Vent Plex-Null Building
797 East Patrick St
Frederick, MD 





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