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Old Hemlock Foundation

17098 Brandonville Pike

P. O. Box 69

Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

Tel: (304) 379-7505



Old Hemlock Foundation is dedicatedto preserving and promoting the legacy of George Bird Evans and Kay Evans

"Be worthy of your game"

††† "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one.This is a strange statement coming from a man whose life is dedicated to shooting and gun dogs.For me, there is almost no moment more sublime than when I pull the trigger and see a grouse fall.Yet, as the bird is retrieved I feel a sense of remorse for taking a courageous life.About the time I passed fifty I noticed this conflict becoming more pronounced...

††† "How then, can you love a bird and kill it and still feel decent?I think the answer is, to be worthy of your game.Which boils down to a gentleman's agreement between you and the bird, never forgetting that it is the bird that has everything to lose.It consists of things you feel and do, not because someone is looking or because the law says you may or must not, but because you feel that this is the honorable way to do it."

Source: George Bird Evans The Upland Shooting Life (1971)


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Old Hemlock Foundation is pleased to announce scholarships winners for 2014.†† One medical scholarship was awarded to Amy Moyers via the WVU Foundation and was selected by her professors.†† Three scholarships were award to Nicole Yokum, Meredith Stemple and Marla Ann Quinn via the Bruceton Alumni Association.†††



All public tours will be scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4 pm.†† We welcome civic and educational groups to tour Old Hemlock.These tours need to be scheduled in advance.†† See the events page to see tour topics.††


Thanks to the core of volunteers who assist with the public tours.†† Without them, these tours would not be possible.



Old Hemlock Foundation is starting a summer education series called "Curious Kids." Designed for ages 4-8, the three-part series will combine story time with a short nature tour. Our curriculum is designed to get young minds curious about the natural world around them! The event is free of charge and indoor activities will be provided if there is inclement weather. 


Where: Old Hemlock (17098 Brandonville Pike, Bruceton Mills, WV)

When: July22 from 10:30am-Noon 



Welcome to our AmeriCorp Volunteer for the next year.She brings experience in museum science and a special interest in archiving oral history.†† She has already proved herself to the Old Hemlock Foundation and looking forward to results on many projects planned during her involvement here.LeJay Graffious


Hello, all! My name is Eliza Newland and I was raised in a small Georgia town by two parents who instilled in me a respect for nature and the past. I majored in history at Oglethorpe University, a small liberal arts institution in Atlanta. Iím currently serving as a PreserveWV AmeriCorps service member while finishing up my Masterís in Public History at West Virginia University. My service site is the Old Hemlock Foundation in Bruceton Mills.


For more about Eliza and America.






On Saturday, September 29Director LeJay Graffious represented the Old Hemlock Foundation at the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia Conference in Charles Town, WV.He was invited to be part of Donna Harrisís presentation, New Solutions for House Museums.Her session was sponsored by the WVU History Department. It examined different approaches for historic houses and how to apply them to your project.Donna Harris is the author of New Solutions for House Museums.





The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is a statewide grassroots organization

supporting historic preservation in the mountain state.



Name 55 Good Things about West Virginia!The State Journal, the only state wide newspaper in West Virginia, did.They selected Old Hemlock Setters as one of those 55 Good Things.†† Our family members did a great job with their interviews. Click on the picture to the right to see the articles on-line.


George Bird Evansís quotes about dogs are still being published.†† This one was in The Progressive Farmer, Cornerstones, p. 64, April 2011.He is quoted with the good company of Will Rogers, Mark Twain, the Bible, Sir Winston Churchill, Woodrow Wilson and many more.†† Click on the picture to see all quotes.††


If you have a favorite quote by George Bird Evans about dogs or upland hunting, please share it with me.Send it along with the location which it can be found.I would like to start a GBE quote section on the web page.†† The purpose would be more quotes than this often used one for those searching the net about dogs.This would continue to keep Georgeís work in front of readers.††


LeJay Graffious,OHF Administrator







Old Hemlock Letter: The latest edition of the Old Hemlock newsletter is posted on-line.The newsletter was originally mailed to an exclusive list of friends and owners of Old Hemlock setters. We are now making the publication available to all interested in what is happening with Old Hemlock setters and their owners.It can be found by following the News link to the left.Submissions for publication in the Old Hemlock Newsletter may be sent to the Bruce Buckley†† Next newsletter will be in September 2014.†† If you have something to submit, get to the editor before August for the September issue or early January for the February issue.


Kudos to Mike McDonald who is the first editor and originator of the newsletter.†† Thanks to current editor, Bruce Buckley, for continuing the newsletter and coordination of materials.Also, appreciation goes to John McGranaghan for applying his talents of layout and publishing.††



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On July 27, twenty-five Upward Bound students and their instructors from WVU visited Old Hemlock.The students learned about the lives of George and Kay Evans, and volunteered community service.These high school students learned how George and Kay designed their lives at Old Hemlock through art, literature and English Setters. LeJay Graffious, director, stressed to the students that they are the designers of their future. For the complete story follow this link to Reporter Courtney Dunnís full report.

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Photo by Courtney Dunn, Reporter for WBOY TV



Old Hemlock now has a social page on Facebook.†† This network of folks who are interested in Old Hemlock Setters and the writings of George Bird Evans can post comments and questions within the group.†† The group is open to all.If you want to post comments, you will need to apply and be admitted by the administrators. To join search Old Hemlock on Facebook or go to



Old Hemlock Setter puppies:

Mark Kuceraís blue belton female is in season.Old Hemlock Buckeye Cassey will be the sire.

The litter will be in Wheeling, West Virginia and will be available at 8 weeks of age which will be late December.Please let me know if you are interested in a puppy from this litter


If you are interested in obtaining a pup, contact Roger Brown.


For more information on Old Hemlock Setters,

check out the Old Hemlock Setters link in the left column.












Keep watching for updates and changes.  Comments and submissions are welcome.



Page maintained by: LeJay Graffious - 

Old Hemlock Trustees take no responsibility for either the accuracy of the material found on the WWW or for the nature of its contents.
Old Hemlock Foundation operates as an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate. 

Graphics used on this website were drawn by George Bird Evans & others and may not be used without permission.
Copyright 2008 - Old Hemlock Foundation- All Rights Reserved


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