August 23, 2014

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History of Pendleton County: Cultural Influences

This history of Pendleton County was written by Emma McClanahan Thompson in 1934 and was printed in several editions of The Falmouth Outlook beginning July 5, 1988.

Cultural Influences

In 1871 a new organization, known as Patrons of Husbandry,  was started in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of improving the home, social and business life of the American farmers and their families. The local, or subordinated societies, were called granges and the members were called grangers. In a few months Pendleton County was visited by organizers and granges were instituted in practically every farming section of the county. Falmouth was designated as the meeting place of the Pomona Grange. Monthly sessions were held and on those days scenes of rural activities were very noticeable.