Next Stop: Home

BY CHERYL L. SERRA

 

“Set almost entirely in the small, historic logging town of Cass, WV, Angel’s Perch examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss,” reads the film’s web site. It’s about a grandson’s relationship with his grandmother, named Polly in the film, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also about family and obligation, choices, and the beauty and kindness of the land and people of Cass—in 2010, the population was 52—located on the Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County.

Angel’s perch is the second-level seat on a train caboose. When the mill in Cass closed down, writer J.T. Arbogast’s grandparents helped to convince the state of West Virginia to commission the town and the steam railroad as a State Park.

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