Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver, an author, Lutheran lay leader, mother-in-law of Sherwood Anderson, and businesswoman, taught here for many years. From a young age, she wrote poetry, fiction, and pageants for the Lutheran Church. Educated at the Marion Female College, she later taught there. Interested in missionary work, she helped organize efforts to minister to the needs of the people of Appalachia. Copenhaver advocated cooperative strategies to improve the region’s agricultural economy. She began textile production in her home, Rosemont, putting many local women to work making rugs, fringes, and other items. Rosemont Industries became internationally known for its products.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Smyth County
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - 245 W. Main Street, Marion, VA 24354
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