- Last Updated on 07:17 AM 12/27/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Back in the days before Christmas decorations went viral, and inflatable figures became all the rage, most every homeowner settled for wreaths on the door and candles in the windows. However, C. B. Fore took his love of the holiday season one step further.
Fore, a career Virginia State trooper who resided on Wilborn Avenue in South Boston, and who was noted for his woodworking skills, crafted a snowman couple he displayed for many years in the yard in front of his home.
Made of a wire frame and covered in cloth, the pair of snowmen, complete with baby snowman in mama’s arms, stood high on a hill in front of Fore’s home for years.
Children and passersby of all ages looked forward to seeing the snowmen every year until the Broad Street bypass was built, and Fore relocated to a home in Balmoral, according to daughter Betty Carlton.
Her father stopped putting them up about 10 years ago, she explained.
“People told me how children looked forward to it every year,” Betty Carlton said recently.
Her father crafted the snowman — and snow lady — from a wire frame and white cloth, even going so far as spraying “snow” on his creations to give them a more realistic look.
A spotlight was the final touch to display Fore’s creations to numerous motorists and walkers along the busy stretch of Wilborn Avenue.
“It wasn’t an easy job,” Fore said, noting the heavy wooden bases required to support the large structures.
Now 89-years-old, C.B. Fore has not been able to hoist the giant snowmen for many years, with the snow couple retired to his garage.
Fore also constructed giant figures for other holidays, including a Valentine Day heart and Halloween jack-o-lanterns.
But, the snowmen perhaps were closest to his heart — and those of the multitudes of children and adults who caught a good dose of the holiday spirit while they stood watch over South Boston many years ago.