Corner of 1st st. and 8th st., Marlinton
This mural is inspired by the writings of G.D. McNeill, author of The Last Forest, and the poetry of his daughter, Louise McNeill. The McNeill family history goes back seven generations in Pocahontas County, spanning a time of incredible cultural change. The title of this mural, “Over Bonnie,” is the term that Louise claims her father used to talk about the old wilderness over the mountain behind their house, before it was cut by the early loggers. Louises claims that he referred to it with those words only in remembrance; for when it had still existed, he called it “over the mountain.” Muralist, Molly Must, interprets her piece referring to a place that was once wild and beautiful, but is now lost and can only be found in memory.
Explore an interactive version of this mural, with a breakdown of the text and imagery here.