In 2011, on a beautiful October day in West Point, we had the opportunity to interview seventeen residents that had lived in this small port town most of their lives. The interviews were held in the beautiful home of Emily and Tad Darden which is reflected in the homey small town feel of the videos.
There have been a lot of changes in West Point during the lives of the interviewees. The civil rights movement, the first and second world wars and transportation have changed this town forever. These eyewitness accounts describe the impact of these changes on West Point and America.
It is fascinating to listen to these stories about growing up in West Point. They didn’t sit around and play video games and watch TV. Between church, school and friendships they had a full and active social calendar that made this tightknit community even stronger.
We hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch these interviews. These residents will teach you about West Point and small town living in America as well as make you smile.
What it was like to live in West Point.
Going to school in West Point.
Church was an important part of life.
Integration in the 1960s.
How things have changed.
The paper mill in West Point.
The Baltimore Boats transported people.
World War II impacted West Point in unique ways.