CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A film depicting the history of the gorgeous Sandstone area of Summers County will premiere in Hinton on Jan. 14.
Jon Averill is a retired Spanish teacher and resident of Summers County. He's been making films since he was 15 and says while he's the producer of the film "Passing Thru Sandstone," he had a lot of help.
"It's really a community film," said Averill.
"A lot of people like to tell stories around here about their past so it's really been a great way to bring the community together, pulling out their old photographs and memories," he said. "So many people are willing to sit down and talk about it."
Averill's research on the area that was once considered the gateway to the New River Gorge, took him to Washington and the National Archives.
"Passing Thru Sandstone" recalls the days when the area, so well known for its stunning falls, also was a major railroad hub.
Averill describes the project as a docu-drama, saying there were aspects of the area's history "crying out" to be re-enacted.
"The main focus of the movie is a man named Samuel Richmond who came from the founding family of this area, and who was one of the large landowners around here around the time of the Civil War," said Averill.