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Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD

Transcript

John Denver singing: Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River. Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains …..

Narrator: In the early 1970’s, a song that praised West Virginia as almost heaven became a popular hit. For many West Virginians, John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads reflected a feeling that West Virginia had at last turned the corner, that hard times were now behind her.

Singing: Country roads, take me home to the place I belong…

Narrator: There was cause for optimism. Employment was rising. New residents streamed into the state seeking a change in lifestyle and a greater sense of community. Many West Virginians who had left came home.

Singing: Take me home, country roads.

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