Save the Sharp Farm of Pocahontas County
History and heritage in Slatyfork, West Virginia.
Author Message
Oct 2, 2006
11:10 pm
Welcome to the New Forum
Howdy all,

I finally got around to setting up a forum so folks can speak up about eminent domain and the Sharp Farm.

Please let me know if you have any questions or experience problems using the forum. Since it is brand new, there are likely to be some undiscovered bugs with it that need fixing.

Okay, take care. :-)

Oct 3, 2006
6:49 pm
Re: Welcome to the New Forum
I want to thank David Fleming for a super job with the Save the Sharp farm website. It is truly a work of art. We have been overwhelmed by the support from concerned West Virginians. Professionals, experts, clubs, politicians, churches, environmental groups, conservation groups, sportsmen, fishermen, cavers and regular folk just like us are joining forces to save the Sharp farm. A concerted behind the scenes effort should soon culminate in a solution that will benefit all. Your help is needed and much appreciated.

If you would like to participate or simply be kept up to date, please send an e-mail to

The basic fact is the proposed site for a sewer treatment plant is more than a poor choice, it is dangerous for health and safety reasons and for the environment. Situating the plant on the Sharp farm will take away a way of life, the hopes and dreams and the livelihood of an eight-generation Pocahontas County family. Another victim will be the Sharp's 66-year tenant, the now 94-year-old Evva Shelton.

Governor Manchin has offered any suitable state owned land for a transfer fee of $1 dollar. Pocahontas County is owned, more than half, by the state and federal government. In a rural setting with thousands of unoccupied public acres available, it is simply not necessary to take private property. The corporate owner of Snowshoe is lobbying in support of taking this precious place. The county commission is interested in developing this beautiful, bucolic valley. So far they are standing firm in their bid for the Sharp farm. We are striving to provide a reason, based on common sense and truth, for them to do the right thing and abandon the idea of taking the Sharp farm via Eminent Domain.

Again, thanks to everyone. You have brought us much joy during a very difficult time.
Oct 6, 2006
12:08 am
Re: Welcome to the New Forum
Nice site David.
I found it from DC Ski. I wouldn't expect too many sympathetic folks on that forum. Many are pro-SnowShoe developments and property owners. You may get some more interest on White Grass' site and from the mtb/wvmba community.
Oct 8, 2006
6:06 pm
Re: Welcome to the New Forum
Hi camp, thanks, I'm glad you like the site. Well I'm glad that you came here from DC Ski ( and also seem supportive. :-) Hopefully more folks from there will take notice.

Thanks for the info on White Grass and mtb/wvmba. I'll check into those.

Nov 5, 2006
1:46 pm
Re: Welcome to the New Forum
David, I just got on etater and found this web address you posted, it is nice! The pictures are lovely and depict true Pocahontas County character. Thanks!
Nov 5, 2006
6:10 pm
Re: Welcome to the New Forum
David, I think you've done a great job with this site.

Well, you all can see I made it here and I'm not real shy about my opinion. More people need to know this is going on and I'm spreading the word as much as I can.

Honestly, I've heard from people who spend a lot of time at Snowshoe and two of them have told me that they are AGAINST stealing the Sharp farm through eminent domain and think other alternatives should be followed. I think there's a whole lot more to this, some ulterior motives, than a sewer treatment plant, to be quite honest.
Nov 5, 2006
6:32 pm
Re: Welcome to the New Forum
Thanks Charlotte, and good to hear from you! :-)

And thank you also Autumn. Keep opining and keep spreading the word. :-)

Indeed, you are spot-on regarding patrons and homeowners of Snowshoe. By and large most of them are against the taking of Sharp land. Tom has worked hard to foster good relations with them, and that can only be better for the community as a whole. I think, hope, that uniting the community is the key to obtaining a better plan, so we should keep at it. :-)