Folk artist James T. Rexrode was born in Pendleton County on Christmas Day 1887. Although he’d always been an amateur photographer, he didn’t start painting until late in life. He made his living as a Pendleton County teacher. Then, after his wife’s death in 1966, he found a new hobby. At the age of 78, he began sketching local buildings, churches, schoolhouses, and mills. At first, he drew only from his photographs but then started painting what he called the “old-timey subjects” of his youth.