Barbara Maat, Boston
Barbara stayed in Westmoreland on her way to California. This article and picture appeared in the Westmoreland Recorder May 18, 1978. As the article states, she spent four days in Westmoreland recuperating from the unexpected obstacles she had encountered on her trek. Suffering from sunburn, windburn, and the physical strain of an unplanned extra number of miles of walking, she managed to stumble into the high school in Westmoreland seeking refuge. The principal took her home where she spent the next few days recuperating with a little assist from the Wilkerson family.
Barbara kept a journal along the way and wrote about her adventure in a book entitled Westward Woman. More about her trek and the book, now for sale at the museum, on the "History" page of this website.