SIR JOHNS RUN, W.Va. - Tabitha Wolford and Melissa Kidwell are sisters who grew up writing letters in search of "pen pals."
One day in March of 1989, they decided to write a letter that they sealed in a bottle and floated down the Cacapon River.
“This particular one we put into a big bottle and wrote our names and hoped that someone would reply and send it on its way,” Kidwell said.
After 27 years, the letter was found by Dean Twigg and Amanda Smith on a fishing a trip to Sir Johns Run in Morgan County.
The couple was surprised to find the nearly 30-year-old letter in good condition.
“My boyfriend found this letter in a bottle...and I was like, 'no way.' I couldn't believe it at first, so I came over and yeah, there was a message in a bottle. We cut it open and got it out of there,” said Amanda Smith, Morgan County resident.
Through Facebook, the couple found the sisters and asked to see if they were interested in revisiting the letter.
“But as soon as I opened Facebook, I recognized my handwriting as a child. So, it was a little odd at first, and then when I realized then it was really exciting, you know. So I wanted to definitely get a hold of whoever had the letter," Wolford said.
On Tuesday morning, the group met at the location where the note was found.
Wolford and Kidwell said being able to retrieve the letter means a lot.
"I think it brings closeness. My sister and I, we've always been pretty close, so I think it actually brings us even closer together as a family to see the memories of what we've done and to connect with other people," Kidwell said.
Wolford and Kidwell said they see Twigg and Smith as the pen pals they never had 27 years ago.