Volunteers made a difference

Presbyterian volunteers were busy at Kump Center Saturday, April 25, hemming tea towels, clearing debris from the yard, and constructing a new gate for the Wetland Classroom along Goddin Creek running through the old


The tea towels will be sold as Mother’s Day gifts at the Preservation Fair in the garden between City Hall and the Darden House from 12-5 p.m. today. Lynn Hartley, Linda Rudy, Grace Sundelin and Ann Wakeford cut and hemmed these traditional tea towels made from long rolls of toweling linen found in the old family sewing room at Historic Kump House.

On Saturday, Kump Center will also sell tasty chicken and ham salad sandwiches as well as Linda Rudy’s Amazing Fudge. The Preservation Fair will be hosted by the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission to benefit historic projects in Randolph County.

As part of the “Presbyterian Great Day of Service” April 25, Melody Price volunteered to help clear winter debris from the Kump Center yard. She worked with Katy McClane, who has been working for several months to encourage native plants in Kump gardens and to repair the aging white fence with tender loving care.

Walt Lesser and David Hyer used their woodworking skills to construct a new gate using the model of an old wooden gate that once served as the entrance to the pasture from the south lawn. Woodworking skills and power tools made these volunteers very valuable.

When the gate is stained and hung beside the old willow tree, it will be the entrance to a new Wetland Classroom along Goddin Creek where the Kump cows once grazed. The plan is to work with Boy and Girl Scout projects to build boardwalks for visitors where they can keep their feet dry when they monitor water or observe wetland wildlife.