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The sign is plainly seen as you drive around a sharp turn on West Virginia Route 7, about 10 miles east of New Martinsville. "Maud". That's all it says. The population is three.

Maud has one house, one grocery store, one farm--but they're all the same place!

Mrs. Cora Larimore's general store is the only house between the entrance and exit signs of Maud, and it always has been the sole structure. For 31 years the 70-year-old woman has been the proprietress of the store, also serving as postmistress for Maud.

Other than herself, her daughter, Mrs. Garnet Tracy, and her grandson, Jim Tracy 10, make up Maud's population.

Customers come from as far away as five miles, and many workers in the chemical plants around New Martinsville stop in the grocery on their way home.

Born and raised in the vicinity of Maud, Mrs. Larimore moved to the tiny outpost when she was 39 years old. She has a flock of chickens and a cow on her 150-acre farm, and the tiny family keeps a garden for fresh vegetables.

The store is open "from when we get up until when we go to bed", in Mrs. Larimore's words.

Mrs. Larimore says that she receives constant queries on the way the manless family is able to handle a farm, a store and a house all alone, but she says that she has little trouble with her duties.

Any city dweller who is tired of a constant hustle and bustle and would like to "get away from it all" can do well by going to Maud. That is, if Mrs. Larimore didn't think it would overpopulate the area.

(As written in 1958.) Submitted by Vivian Parsons in part from Wheeling News-Register Story