[caption id="attachment_5067" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/DSC_0112.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/DSC_0112.jpg" alt="Photo courtesy of the Dunmore Community Center The Dunmore Springs, located about a mile outside the main part of town, was the site of a service station, picnic shelter, swimming pool and beer joint. Residents continue to collect cold water from the spring." width="600" height="372" class="size-full wp-image-5067" \/><\/a> Photo courtesy of the Dunmore Community Center<br \/>The Dunmore Springs, located about a mile outside the main part of town, was the site of a service station, picnic shelter, swimming pool and beer joint. Residents continue to collect cold water from the spring.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nNestled among the logging towns of Cass, Sitlington and Raywood, Dunmore was a booming little town with its own economy, including farms, stores and schools.\r\n\r\nThe original settlement was founded between 1740 and 1750 by a Lieutenant Warwick who was a surveyor in service to the British Crown. The land was settled by Warwick\u2019s family, as well as McLaughlins and McCutchans.\r\n\r\nIn the 1800s, the Moores and Duncans became the majority land-owners in the area and combined their names to create the town of Dunmore. The economy centered around farmland until lumber companies set up logging towns, bringing workers and their families to the area.\r\n\r\nThe railroad came through Dunmore, linking the logging towns together and creating a need for supply stores. The town grew greatly and in 1874, the first school opened. It operated until 1912, when a new, two-room school was built just down the road.\r\n\r\nDuring the 1930s and 40s, the town was a hopping place, with several stores, a hotel, mill, picnic area and even a beer joint.\r\n\r\nSeveral Dunmore natives remain in or close to the town and continue to share stories of the beloved place they call home.\r\n\r\nWhile he wasn\u2019t born in Dunmore, Bill Lovelace grew up in the town and continues to live there today.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy father was in the CCCs at one time,\u201d he said. \u201cHe could come home on the weekends because he was in Camp Seneca. Often times, you never got to stay where you lived. You went where they wanted to send you. That was a godsend to people \u2013 talk about a lifesaver.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Lovelace family moved several times within the Dunmore area, and once lived on Curry\/Heavener Road in what was called \u201cPossom Hollow.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe had a pretty good size place,\u201d he said. \u201cWe had a milk cow. We raised our pigs for ham and, of course, mother canned, and we had gardens. Life was tough, there\u2019s no question about that. That was right in the Depression days when people lost their homes.\u201d\r\n\r\nLike Lovelace, Richard Nottingham grew up around Dunmore. Nottingham would come to the main part of the town with his mother, where the family shopped at Pritchard\u2019s Store and made mattresses in the factory above Bob Hiner\u2019s garage.\r\n\r\n\u201cI remember the mattress factory, barely,\u201d Nottingham said. \u201cWhen I was a little kid, I\u2019d come down there with her. I remember putting the mattress together. I don\u2019t remember when it closed. I don\u2019t think it was there very long \u2013\u00a0two or three years. It was during the war time.\u201d\r\n\r\nPritchard\u2019s Store was operated by Johnny Pritchard and was a typical general store with supplies for people of all walks of life.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt had a little bit of everything in it \u2013\u00a0clothing, shoes and everything the farmers needed,\u201d Nottingham said. \u201cWe sold our wool to him \u2013 sold eggs to him. I remember Dad paying the yearly bill with the wool. The wool would most the time take care of what he bought. With the eggs and wool, it mostly paid our grocery bill.\u201d\r\n\r\nOther stores in the town included a hamburger shop and gas station.\r\n\r\n\u201cRight beside the [Methodist] church there was a store, a big two-story building. Ben Campbell had that store built,\u201d Lovelace said. \u201cThis little place over here was Katherine\u2019s Place. My father-in-law built that.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe town also had a grist mill where people would bring wheat and corn to make flour and meal.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe old mill set across the road,\u201d Nottingham said. \u201cThe water from the springs \u2013 there was a canal that came down along the road \u2013 it ran the water wheel to make the grain. It aimed the water in toward the mill and I remember them bringing wheat and corn and buckwheat down there to get it ground.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe springs were located about a mile outside of the main part of town and were a source of local entertainment. Along with the supply of cold mountain water, the area around the springs had a picnic shelter, swimming pool and beer joint.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey had a swimming pool, picnic shelter and what I remember about it was a beer joint and dance floor,\u201d Nottingham said. \u201cIt got rough on Friday and Saturday nights. They had picnics at the shelter and had a nice swimming pool. The pool was just below the spring and it was back away from the road a little bit. There\u2019s people still get water there at the springs.\u201d\r\n\r\nRemnants of the swimming pool are still visible today near the springs.\r\n\r\nNottingham worked on the family farm most days, but he would also find time to sneak away and hang out with his friends, John Hevener and Bill Waugh.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019d come down and get together with John or we\u2019d meet up at the bridge there on Moore\u2019s property and fish down to this bridge,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019d have to slip off to go fishing and then I caught the devil when I got back. I had better have some fish with me when I got back.\u201d\r\n\r\nNottingham was keen on working, though, because he saved his money for a very special item \u2013 a bicycle.\r\n\r\n\u201cI didn\u2019t get a bicycle until I was fourteen-years-old and I had to buy it myself,\u201d he said. \u201cI saved pennies for years and I got the bicycle. I ordered it from Montgomery Ward. It came into Cass on the railroad, and I had to go to Cass to pick it up. I remember sometimes I\u2019d get stuck in the rain and I\u2019d go in that picnic shelter at the springs \u2018til it let up. I put a lot of miles on that bicycle.\u201d\r\n\r\nUnlike most kids, Nottingham was driving a vehicle before he owned his first bicycle. At the age of 11, he remembers driving his mother and grandmother around in his father\u2019s old truck.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was during the war and you could get by with a lot,\u201d he said. \u201cI split a block of wood \u2013 split it in half \u2013\u00a0and sat on one half, and put the other behind me so I could reach the pedals.\u201d\r\n\r\nSchool Days\r\n\r\nEducation in Dunmore was unique. The school that opened in 1912 was a two-room school. One room was first through fourth grade, and the other was fifth through eighth grade.\r\n\r\nStewart Galford and his sister, Maxine Moore, enjoyed going to school in Dunmore.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was great,\u201d Moore said, sitting in the yard of the old school. \u201cWe had good teachers. We had potbellied stoves on both sides. If you ate ramps, you got sat out in the hall by yourself. We had hot lunch here. They had good cooks. We walked two-and-a-half miles to school. We were the first ones there. We built the fires and carried in water for the cooks, and we got hot lunch.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe lunchroom was added to the school later. It was a former one-room school that was moved to Dunmore and connected to the existing school.\r\n\r\n\u201cI started school at the community center [Dunmore School] at age seven,\u201d Lovelace said. \u201cWe had to walk. If you lived within two miles of the school, you walked. It wasn\u2019t all road. We walked through the woods.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe school is now used as the Dunmore Community Center where community events are held, including cakewalks, jamborees, dinners and breakfasts.\r\n\r\nBingo is every second Saturday, at 7 p.m. Square dances and jamborees are held the third Saturday of each month at 6:30 p.m. with a full country breakfast served every third Sunday morning from 8 to 10 a.m.