On Monday, he retired as superintendent of the Pocahontas County park after 32 years on the job. Back in December of 1984, when I started working here, I had no idea I would stay this long, Smith said last week, as he prepared for his last weekend on the job. But I didnt know I would like it so well, either. It turned out to be much more interesting than I ever imagined it would be. Smith said he was only mildly interested in Civil War history when he took the job. I liked West Virginia history and of course the Civil War is part of that, he said, but I wasnt particularly a Civil War buff. Things changed, after spending a few decades working at the place where 45 Union and 33 Confederate soldiers most of them from West Virginia died in battle. He became a walking encyclopedia of the battle, said Sam England, chief of West Virginias state parks system. He has the entire story of the battle in his head, and hes able to pass that story on to anyone who comes to the park and wants to learn about it. When Smith first took the reins as superintendent, the park had become pretty much run down and neglected, more from a lack of funding than a lack of work or good intentions, he said. The buildings at Droop Mountain were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the Great Depression era and needed some work, and the grounds had grown up with brush and trees and lacked a view. I had a good background in carpentry and cutting down trees, so I went at it. While some people would be daunted by having to be a jack of all trades to keep the park operating, Smith thrived in his role as the parks one-man staff. One thing nice about a small park like Droop Mountain is that you get to do everything from electrical work to mowing grass and interpreting history, he said.
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