Bethesda, Belmont, and Morristown
The boxes and cans are from old cigar companies that used to exist in the county. Bethesda and Belmont had several. Tobacco was their livelihoods. The tools in the case were used to roll the cigars and the wooden boxes gave them their shapes. They were called “cyclones” back then. Montgomery Ward featured a cigar in the early 1900s called the Bethesda.
The gentleman is Harley Warrick . He worked for Mail Pouch Tobacco as a painter. He painted signs (mostly on barns) in 13 states. Over his lifetime he painted over 20,000 Mail Pouch signs. He resided in Belmont.
Instead of a town square, the founder of Belmont (Joseph D. Wright, for whom the town was originally named) laid out the streets in the original part of town similar to his hometown in Ireland—in the shape of a coffin.
The couple in the photo were married and legend says that the man died soon after the photo was taken from being struck by lightning. The Horner House, now known as the Black Horse Inn, still stands in Morristown today and is being preserved.
The bricks on the floor symbolize the National Road as it went through the center of town.