Faye Crawford Cooper didn’t lose her childhood all at once. But she knows how it started.
She grew up on a farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, catching turtles, chasing snakes, scooping up tadpoles by the handful, overturning rocks to spot skinks and scouring the countryside for signs of deer.
Then came word that a new highway was slated to blaze its way down the middle of her family’s 140 acres of rolling terrain. After that portion of Interstate 81 opened in 1963, life in and around the farm was never the same.[Continue Reading]