Surrounded

Surrounded.


My wife and I have always been enchanted with this lovely farmette at Judy Gap, West Virginia. The charming setting flashes into view on U.S. 33 as you round a downhill curve traveling west. The plain, white farmhouse with the sweeping front porch certainly stands out. However, it is the regiment of matching and neatly maintained red outbuildings outlined in white that really catches the eye.

The picturesque scene certainly conjures up a multitude of questions. What purpose does each building serve? Why are they situated every which way? Do the owners know just how gorgeous their property and unique set of structures are? Do they fully appreciate the beauty of both the setting and their artistic contribution to it?

As a stranger, I’ve never had enough nerve to stop to ask these intrusive questions. Instead, I am content to both admire and share the Currier and Ives-like scene.

“Surrounded” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2018

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Filed under architectural photography, human interest, Photo of the Week, photography, rural life, travel

3 responses to “Surrounded

  1. Bruce, we too admired that place for years on our way to and from Indiana (we often traveled 33 for parts of the way). I finally met a woman at Circleville PCUSA back there whose mother or grandmother lived there. I think she is now deceased but they still keep the place really nice. The woman’s name is Judy and that area is known as Judy gap, but not named for the woman I kind of know. We visited in her home once (Judy, not the grandmother). Judy had written to me when my column appeared in the Daily News Record and a photographer and I went to her house to meet and photograph her for a photo calendar, as one of Another Way’s fans. Now you know most of what I know!! Just thought you might be interested.

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  2. Sadie Showalter

    Yes I always enjoy driving past this on the way to Ohio!

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