Walden Roush, Founder of West Virginia State Farm Museum
Mr. Roush and his wife Louise founded the farm museum in 1976 as a way of preserving the heritage of agriculture. Through his efforts and thousands of volunteer hours from members of the community, the museum grew to it's present impressive size. The Loom House was modeled after a loom house in his family and named for his late wife Louise.
Mr. Roush, as a long time educator, love to be at the museum for all the tours and festival days to share his knowledge of weaving with visitors. When the photo was taken Mr. Roush was over 90 and still driving his Buick Roadmaster to the museum. Mr. Roush is shown weaving on his favorite loom, a Union Rug Loom from the mid 1900s. He would demonstrate shuttle throwing the old fashion way on this loom and then show shuttle throwing on the Newcomb Weaver's Delight. He delighted in surprising schoolkids who had never seen a flying shuttle in action with the speed at which it operated.
The museum's grounds are open during summer months for self-guided tours. Several special event festivals are held throughout the summer and they conduct guided tours for schools.