New Book to Focus on Putnam County

In less than a week, a new book will be out that highlights the history of Putnam County. Several local contributors offered old photographs and personal accounts for the book, which will be released September 9th. The Charleston Gazette talked with Sam Sentelle, a former Putnam County Schools superintendent, who said the Kanawha River used to be the only pathway to get to Charleston, and now it's a barrier. Three bridges have gone up to get over it. Proceeds from the book will go toward Rivers to Ridges, which works on preservation projects like restoring Hometown Park, which was damaged during last year's derecho storm.