Cultural Objects, Folk Art
Two-Sided Game Board
PlacesMeadows of Dan (Burks Fork District)
Dimensions: 6 7/8 inches x 19 inches
This game board appears to have created from an interior wall board as one length has a planed tongue. The board designs were made by driving nails to mark the vertices and then scratching grooves to form connecting line segments. One side has a gameboard used for “Fox and Geese” while the reverse side has a “Twelve Man Morris” board. These are sometimes referred to as “Mill Games” as both games utilize kernels of dried dent corn as game pieces. A hole near the top of the board allows the board to be hung on a nail.
KeywordsGame board, Fox and Geese, Twelve Man Morris
The board was found in a farm outbuilding on Blacksmith Road (in sight of the Floyd County line) in Meadows of Dan, Virginia.
“Twelve Man Morris” is pictured on the left and “Fox and Geese” on the right.