In an area of McComas, WV referred to as Thomas there has been a myth that has been around since my parents early childhood.
My aunt Elsie
"Huffman" Bailey continues to relay to me what she was told many many years ago. As a young child growing up at
Thomas I also heard many discussion among older family members relating to this old Indian Village site. |
On top of a mountain above Thomas is a large flat expanse of land. Elsie tells me that in her younger years my grandfather Robert "Rob" Huffman use to plant a garden on this same flat mountaintop area. I've read that in the earlier coal camp days land was provided to employees to plant gardens to subsidize feeding their families. My grandfather had 9 children to feed.
If one is familiar with the area - there once were tram tracks that ran from Pinnacle, around the eastern mountain side of the coal camp at Thomas - heading to a drift mouth mine opening [named Pinnacle #6 North according to ex-Pinnacle Employee Freal Thompson who I interviewed in 2002]. No. 6 was about half way up the highway heading towards Conner Mountain. Pinnacle #6 Southside ended in the area where Henry Thompson lived above the old Pinnacle School or Andrew Harmon Farm and Graveyard area. In times of bad weather caskets were placed on the tram cars and carried up to this Harmon graveyard for burial. The tram tracks ended near the graveyard.
Before it burnt around 1958 the Thomas Pennicostal Holiness Church sat on the lefthand side this same road when one started driving/walking up Conner Mountain from Thomas. Directly across the roadway from the old Thomas Church, continuing up that mountainside, crossing over the old tram track rails, continuing further up this mountain is the direction of the old "Indian Flats". Over the years it has been rumored that many Indian artifacts were discovered in this same flat field area.
Due to the history related to the Shawnee and other Indian tribes in the early settlement of Mercer County I strongly feel this may be a true fact. All literature about the migratory habits of the Indians and how they traveled the ridges and mountaintops to travel to and from their larger villages in Ohio probably play a part in the history of this village also. Since I began creation of this McComas Web Site I would have loved to have found proof of the existance of this Indian Village. If anyone reading this can add to the stories that may accompany this village please email me.