Same Site-New Design

On Trac Community Since 2009.

Spirit of the Mountains

Pages are worked on "as-we-go"

Please check back soon. Thank you.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

  The WV Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation

WV Community Partnership - On Trac Rowlesburg

Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau

West Virginia Fairs & Festivals - Clear Mountain Bank

The Hazel Ruby McQuain Foundation

WV Division of Culture & History - Duane Wadell


10th Annual West Virginia  American Chestnut Festival 

Information & Banquet Tickets

Shirley Hartley -  304-698-5305

Anna Nassif

Dr. N. Joseph Nassif

Vendor Space

George Nassif  - 703-300-2554

Websites of interest

American Chestnut Foundation

  10:30 - Noon   

   Full Breakfast @ River City Cafe

($5.00 donation welcome)

   Meet distinguished guests including

   Sara Fitzimmons, Chestnut Restoration Director Pennsylvania State University

   Representative for Lisa Thompson, CEO The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF)

Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend - 8 October 2017

  Noon - 2:00 pm  Szilagyi Center - 2nd Floor  

  Meeting of the WV Chapter of

  The American Chestnut Foundation

   Robert Sypolt, President

  Mark Double, Vice-President


  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Szilagyi Center - 2nd Floor  

  Chestnut Scientific Program

  Mark Double

WVU Research Associate & Festival Scientific Chair

together with

Dr. N. Joseph Nassif

will welcome prominent speakers

Sara Fitzsimmons

"Conservation of
Wild American Chestnut Populations"

Amy Metheny

"The Super Donor:

Does Chestnut Blight have a Kryptonite?"


Continuous play between 3:00 - 4:00 pm

American Chestnut

Video Documentary by Thomas H. Nassif

  5:30 pm  Events @ Scenic Rowlesburg Park

   Welcome Table: many things to see and purchase

   - Roasted Chestnuts on-the-grill (or raw)

   - Display Booth: WV Chapter TACF - Robert Sypolt

    - National Boy Scouts Jamboree Display - Sam Muncy

   - Jared Chestnuts in Honey - Allen Shahan

   - Throwing Chestnuts-in-the-well (prizes for children)

   - Chestnut Furniture - Charles & Randall Wotring

   - Chestnut Collectibles - Allegheny Treenware

   - Chestnut Tree Saplings for sale

   - Other vendors

   - Music, Food and Beverages at the Park Consession Stand

  Noon - 5:00 pm    Visit the Szilagyi Center

   - River City Cafe Luncheon & Desserts  - B&O Bridge Exhibit

   - Emporium Antiques & Collectibles -  World War II Museum

   - Country Quilts Display Room - Preston Arts Classroom

   - Preston County Sports Museum - Carolann Hooton Library

 Honoring the Great American Chestnut Tree: "Exploring our Roots"

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Szilagyi Center Auditorium


Opening song "O Chestnut Tree"

Preston High Madrigal Singers in Period Dress


Chestnut-Vino Novello Ritual:

"Welcoming the Chestnut Season and

Testing the New Wine"

Shirley Cook Hartley, Co-Chair


Dinner Featuring

Savory Chestnut-flavored Dishes

Salad - Main Course - Dessert - Drinks


Welcome and Introduction

of Distinguished Guests


Dr. N. Joseph Nassif, Festival Director


Mark Double, Festival Scientific Chair


10th Annual Crowning of

Mr. and Ms. Chestnut

Sam Muncy and Sharon Reeves Cotrill

Assisted by Bruceton Middle School

Junior Prince and Princess


Keynote Speaker:

Sara Fitzsimmons

Chestnut Restoration Director

"Natural Regeneration

of the American Chestnut Tree"



Deborah Westbrook, Pianist


Auction or Silent Auction (tentative)