main gallery page       <previous       next>


Mountain Home

In 1814, near the point where a small stream emerges from a narrow wooded valley and flows into the Ohio River, Abraham Haynes and his wife Susannah chose a spot for their new home.  Abraham, who was born in Louden County, Virginia in 1784 and Susannah, born in 1796 in New Jersey, first met in Tyler County, Virginia (now West Virginia) and lived for a time near the mouth of Big Fishing Creek in Wetzel County, Virginia (WV), before building a small log house on the hillside above a strip of rich river bottom land and the fresh waters of what is now called Haynes Run.  The little cabin still stands today about a mile north of New Martinsville, and has been the inspiration for this painting.