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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by pnoman, Nov 16, 2008.
What a post. Thank you. Hope your son develops the sense of roots that you have.
I picked up a few historical markers today. Just ones I already knew the location of. I've got a new book called "Marking our Past" that lists the locations and inscriptions on all of the makers. So now I can do more research and plan some trips.
First up today is one closest to me, already been shot by someone, but I swung by anyway. This is the "Old Stone House" which is a quick right off of Chestnut St. across the street from the PRT station.
A beautiful structure, today this is just a nick-knack gift shop.
After the Old Stone House, I dropped by the WVU Arboretum and snapped the University's own historical marker. No good way to get a shot with the bike in it due to the proximity of the road.
Practically anyone passing through Morgantown will pass this marker. It's located along US 19/WV 7 at the entrance to the Arboretum, just 50 yards or so past the Coliseum's parking lot.
After picking up my Alma mater's own historical marker, I decided to pick up the Mason-Dixon marker and the Pennsylvania marker. However, on the way I found another one.
Fort Pierpont was constructed in 1769 by John Pierpont a Revolutionary war soldier and the son-in-law of Zackquill Morgan. In 1784, George Washington stayed at the fort while exploring WV. Samuel Hanway the "Surveyor of Monongalia county" and Zackquill Morgan lended thier knowlege of the area to Washington who later wrote about the area in his diary.
The marker is located on CR-67 "Old Cheat Road." I followed Canyon Run Rd from Stewartstown Rd, and it was on the right where Canyon intersects Old Cheat Rd.
No bike shot in this one, I had to park just to the right outside of the camera's shot. Just to the left out of frame stands a stone monument giving more information about the fort.
Here is a close up of the text.
Back on the road after the unplanned marker, I continued to the state line, the famous Mason-Dixon line, on the way I found yet another marker, Ice's Ferry. Located just off of Cheat Lake, follow Cheat Rd across the bridge, you can't miss it.
Also near by is the WV Geological & Economic Survey at Mont Chateau. I rode by but the gate was shut.
Here's a shot of the lake. Darn near empty!
Someone else was there taking a shot too, but they had a cage. Which one of you inmates is cheating?
After not one, but TWO new to me markers (driven/ridden countless times and I've never payed attention to them till now. I finally arrived at the Mason-Dixon line on Fairchance Rd. Rt 857. I can confirm that the marker is missing. I decided on picking up the one 119, I shudder to think that I'm inches away from a land that doesn't serve sweet tea.
Just across the road is a 2-fer-1 special. West Virginia's marker on the North facing side, Pennsylvania's on the South.
WVUChrome - Thanks for the new photos and great write-ups, and welcome to the thread! I remember driving up Fairchance Road once in the 70s. Rumor was they called it that because .... "Fair chance you'll make it, fair chance you won't!" It was a narrow, twisty road at the time. Probably still is.
This marker and historic house are located on Main Street in Bethany, WV. Bethany is home to Bethany College, a fairly exclusive (and expensive) school that was founded in 1840. The campus is something to see with the Gothic styled "Old Main" as its centerpiece.
I came of age in nearby Avella, PA and spent many nights rubbing elbows with the "rich kids" at Bubba's Bison Inn. Bubba's is located a few doors down from the Delta Tau Delta house.
Grabbed another local tag today. The marker is located at the end of Walnut Street. It actually ends in the river. Be wary if you travel to this marker, it's a bit of a rough neighborhood with homeless and degenerates abound.
Above the marker looks like a railroad bridge, but it's actually the Mon River Rail Trail. It was formerly the Fairmont, Morgantown, and Pittsburgh Railroad before being converted to a trail for bikes and walkers. In 1886 the F M & P was completed to Morgantown. Disgruntled herders nicknamed the rails Sheepskin as the trains scattered their sheep for miles. The line was later acquired and operated by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
While the marker gives credit to a few, I've read that James Thompson was believed to have started the pottery. The pottery was started to counter the high price and difficulty of transporting it from the then nearest location, Baltimore, Md. It wasn't long before pottery was big business in northern West Virginia with the goods being sold and traded in several counties around.
While one side of the marker explains the pottery industry, the other side talks about another industry responsible for the development of northern WV. Monongalia County was home to iron making industry from 1800 to 1870. A total of five furnaces were operated along the Cheat River. Near Ice's Ferry (see my previous posts for this marker) Samuel Jackson began operating a furnace which later was acquired by Ellicotts & Co. and employed 1200 men. The Ellicotts were three brothers from Pa who operated flour mills and later expanded into iron works. Around the same time Samuel Hanway began working on Rock Forge which is located on Decker's Creek which empties into the Monongahela river a hundred yards up river from this marker.
Marker is on Route 11 north of Falling Waters, Berkeley County WV on the left driving north, before you cross the bridge.
When the American Indian uprising occurred in the 1750s, a fort called Maidstone was established at the Watkins Ferry crossing. On May 9, 1770, Lord Fairfax granted lots 5,6, 11 and 12 to Evan Watkins at a place called Maidstone on the Potomac River, though not much of a town or village ever developed here. This would be the earliest known area carved out into lots in what is now Berkeley County.
Thanks for the pics. I enjoy looking through them.
I was born in Wheeling. My grandpa lived north of New Martinsville. A monument for the 'western end' of the Mason-Dixon line was on his property. The house he lived in is gone now, but I'm sure the monument is still there.
It was actually just above Proctor, on Rt. 2.
I always said it was the first house south of the Mason Dixon line on the Ohio River.
Marker is located in Hedgesville, Berkeley County WV on the right heading west on Route 9.
On August 17, 2004, President George W. Bush made a re-election campaign stop at Hedgesville High School. A highly unusual event for Hedgesville. Population from the 2000 US Census Bureau the population was 240 at the time of the visit.
Mt. Zion Church
Its most famous guest was George Washington, who ate and spent the night there on September 5, 1784
Edgar Allen Poe frequently visited the Tavern, and is said to have conceived his poem "The Raven" there.
Marker is at the intersection of Route 45 and Files Road, four miles east of Martinsburg, Berkeley County WV.
In 1915 a typhoid outbreak killed nearly everyone living near this estate. To prevent spread of the infection, most of the buildings in the area were burned.
Marker is on Route 9 at the Berkeley / Morgan County line, on the Morgan County side of the bridge.
Marker is located on US Route 50 and intersection of WV 93.
Claysville, Mineral County, WV
Markers are located on US Route 11 in Bunker Hill, Berkeley County WV, in Bunker Hill State Park.
The Monument to Col. Morgan Morgan was erected in 1926 by the Col. Morgan Morgan Commisssion.
The inscription on the plaque reads:
Erected by the State of West Virginia. In commemoration of the first settlement within the present boundaries of said State, which was made by Col. Morgan Morgan, a native of Wales, and Catherine Garretson, his wife, in the year 1726 on a tract of 1000 acres about 2 miles west of here.
Granted to him by colonial Virginia patent, and in recognition of the sterling character of the said Morgan and family who by their efforts and example, were largely useful in the community of which he was the founder and had great influence for good upon the early history of the territory now constituting this State.
His grave (marked) is nearby, adjacent Christs Episcopal Church formerly called Morgans Chapel, the oldest church in this State, which he helped organize and build.
Commissioners: Ephram F. Morgan, Governor of W. Va. Harry P. Henshaw, State Senator Mrs. Blanche M. Pickering Haze Morgan.
This marker is located at the cabin on Runneymead Rd.
Marker is on the corner of South Mineral ST. [US 220] and State Street. Keyser, Mineral County WV
Potomac State College of West Virginia University, West Virginia's only residential Junior College.
More from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potomac_State_College_of_West_Virginia_University
Bethany Church of Christ - Located at the corner of Church and Main Streets in Bethany West Virginia.
Alexander Campbell - This is the house he lived in located on the outskirts of Bethany. As I mentioned before, I spent alot of time in Bethany during my late teens and early 20's. The area surrounding Bethany was one of my favorite places to ride my new (back then) 1986 XL600R.
Thanks for the new markers - nice to see some coming in from the Northern Panhandle. I don't make it up that way very often.