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Pearl S. Buck cutting her birthday cake at the Marlinton Methodist Church in Marlinton, W.Va. Chef David Sheibley is standing at right. Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation Event.

Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation Event honoring Pearl Buck in Pocahontas County. Left to right: Alta Hoylman, Vice Pres., Pearl S. Buck, Marie Leist, President.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hollowell, standing, with Pearl S. Buck, seated. Birthday celebration at Marlinton Methodist Church during Pearl Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971

Former W. Va. Gov. and Director of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, Cecil Underwood talks with Pearl S. Buck during dinner at Marlinton Methodist Church, Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County 1971

Mr. Otto Hollowell, at right, with unknown guest at event honoring Pearl S. Buck, Marlinton Methodist Church, Marlinton, W.Va.

Former W.Va. Governor Cecil Underwood, on the right, laughs with Mr. Otto Hollowell at event honoring Pearl S. Buck, Marlinton Methodist Church. Julia Price in background.

Former W.Va. Governor Cecil Underwood talks with Mr. Otto Hollowell at event honoring Pearl S. Buck, Marlinton Methodist Church. Diana Cooper standing at Underwood's left. Ina Montgomery in background.

David Sheibley, Chef, and Marlinton Methodist Women eating after preparing the meal for Pearl S. Buck Birthday Celebration during her visit to Pocahontas County in 1971. Left to right: David Sheibley, Unknown, Sue Richardson, Mildred Hockenberry,…

One man, three women, unidentified, at Marlinton Methodist Church for Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971

Marie Orndorff Leist (at right), President of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, at Marlinton Methodist Church for Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971

Geraldine (Jerry) Jett, member of the Marlinton Women's Club, at the Reception Table, Marlinton Methodist Church, for Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971.

Marie Leist (left), President of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, unknown woman, Jane Price Sharp, Editor of Pocahontas Times, and unknown man at Marlinton Methodist Church for Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971.

Geraldine (Jerry) Jett, member of the Marlinton Woman's Club at left, and Marie Leist, President of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, at the registration table Marlinton Methodist Church, Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971.

Two unknown hostesses at reception table, Marlinton Methodist Church, Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971

Diana (Mrs. Adolph) Cooper, facing, with Julia L. Price, in hat, at reception table at Marlinton Methodist Church for Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971.

Two unknown women at registration table at the Marlinton Methodist Church for Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971

Hostesses (l-r) Maude Bumgardner and Julia L. Price serving punch at the Marlinton Methodist Church for Pearl S. Buck visit to Pocahontas County in 1971.

Three unknown women attending a reception for Pearl S. Buck at the Marlinton Methodist Church during the author's visit to Pocahontas County in 1971

Work on back of house and finishing roof at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace during renovation at Hillsboro, W.Va.