Lens Creek Studios is located in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, but our name comes from my childhood memories:
"Growing up, we’d visit my grandma in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. We’d pile into the Rambler station wagon for a five-hour drive over some of the most winding roads in the country. About halfway, there was this little diner on top of Lens Creek Mountain, where we’d always beg our dad to stop, so we could 'stretch' our legs. We really wanted out of the car by then, for young boys are never content to be cooped up in back of a car during the heat of summer. Not to mention being car sick. I’d usually order a burger and fries, which was a real treat back then. After a while, we’d get back in the dusty old car and head down the other side of the mountain toward my grandma’s home."
Twenty years and what seemed to be several lifetimes later, I was driving through the area, when I passed a sign for Lens Creek. All those happy memories that were etched in my mind came flowing by, just like the little creek for which the mountain was named.
When I first named the business, I didn’t realize that there was a connection to my own coal-mining heritage. On August 20, 1921, miners began rallying at Lens Creek to begin their march into Logan County. This action culminated in the Battle of Blair Mountain.
To learn more about the 1921 Miner’s March and the Battle of Blair Mountain, please visit our friends at the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan. We hope you enjoy your journey!