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Blackhand Gorge in the News

posted Aug 27, 2012, 6:35 PM by Lucas Hardbarger
A lot of attention has been given to Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve recently and rightfully so. Between the new "Gorge Crew" and the local Eagle Scout who rebuilt the front porch of the cabin, a lot has been going on. Visit for all the latest Blackhand Gorge News:

The parking lot at the Licking Valley Heritage Society Museum was packed for the recent organizational meeting of the Friends of the Blackhand Gorge. The group gathered to sign up members and volunteers.

Trevor Binckley, the group president of board of directors, said the group went door to door this past winter to gauge interest in helping the Blackhand Gorge State Preserve... (read more)

Aaron Williams, 24, goes to work every day with a smile on his face.

He is lucky enough to work at the Blackhand Gorge State Preserve because of a grant from Licking County Job & Family Services' Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Summer Youth Program.

Williams was in the last sixth-grade class to attend Toboso Elementary School and formerly served as a tour guide in the gorge for area students. He has many fond memories of the gorge and wants to preserve it for the future.

"I want my kids to come here in the future and see what Dad has done," Williams said. (read more)

Eagle Scout Repairs Cabin at Blackhand Gorge
After seeing an article in The Advocate about the log cabin at Blackhand Gorge State Preserve and its state of disrepair, Nate McCown, 18, knew it was the project he was looking for.

As a member of Boy Scout Troop 57 in Hanover, he was looking for a project for his Eagle Scout award. Fixing up the cabin was right up his alley, because his father, Lee McCown, has experience working on porches.

The floor boards on the front porch of the cabin were rotted away, and the cabin couldn't be used. So Nate, with the help of his father and six other troop members, replaced the floor boards, making them look authentic, as if they should on an original log cabin. They also replaced the railings, made a ladder for the inside of the cabin to get to the upper level -- and even furniture for the deck. All the pieces have the intent of being authentic, including Adirondack chairs, benches and a table. (read more)