WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. vatrader01

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    This marker is located on Rt 46 in Piedmont, Mineral County WV at the bridge that crosses into Westernport, MD.

    Redman’s best known compositions include “Cherry” (1928), “Gee baby, ain't I good to you” with lyricist Andy Razaf (1929), “Shakin’ the African” (1930), and “Hot and Anxious” (1931). The National Park Service established the Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert in Harpers Ferry National Park in 2001.

    Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1990

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    This "Two-fer" marker is located at the intersection of WV Rt 220 and Carskadon Lane in Keyser, Mineral County WV

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    Keyser was originally named Paddy Town after Patrick McCarty, son of one of the original settlers. 1852 saw the coming of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, beginning the change of a quiet rural community to a thriving industrial center. The name was changed to New Creek Station, then shortened to New Creek.
    In 1861, The War of Northern Aggression settled into the valley. Fort Fuller was built on the grounds that now house Potomac State College, and Fort Piano entrenchments were established on New Creek Mountain. Due to great importance of the railroad, the town changed hands 14 times during the war.
    When West Virginia became a state in 1863, there was much contention over the location of the County Seat between Piedmont and New Creek [Keyser]. Local businessmen, the Davis Brothers, donated one acre of land for the courthouse which was built in 1867 and is still in use today.
    In another political conivance, the town changed it's name once again in 1874 to Keyser, to honor William Keyser, then Vice president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This action was used to gain favor to ensure that the B & O Railroad would move rail operations from Piedmont to Keyser, insuring a brighter future for the community.


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  3. vatrader01

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    This marker is located in front of the Keyser High School building on E. Peidmont St. in Keyser. I find no record of a marker at this location, however, when asked, a local resident stated that the marker had been there "a right long while".
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    Marker is located on Rt 220 in Old Fields, Hardy County WV

    At the time the forts were built, neither the local inhabitants or the soldiers assigned there could imagine the impact of the lower fort on the region. Called Fort Pleasant shortly after its completion, within a couple of years it became the military headquarters for the South Branch Valley, the seat of the county court and its vital records, and a significant location involved in the transformation of the economy from a local to a regional focus. History illustrates the value a fort sometimes had within its neighborhood beyond mere defensive considerations.

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    Marker is east of the intersection of old WV 55 / WV 259 and WV 29 in Hardy County WV

    I wonder how many Oriskany Sand Markers there are in WV? And are they all this exciting and wildly thrilling to hunt and find?? While not real thrilling and exciting, most are located in some very interesting places I may not have gone to for any other reason. I'm going to start tracking these, and find out of which there are more: Oriskany Sand Markers or George Washington Slept Here Markers....

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  6. pnoman

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    vatrader01 - Thanks for the excellent photos and writeups, as usual.

    I barely grageeated from Jethro's Scientifical School of Cipherin', but wouldn't the peak have to be over 2640 ft to be "more than half a mile", as it says on the marker? Maybe they first measured it before all that GPS stuff. :D Still, pretty darn close.
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    Marker can be found on State Route 21, 3 miles south of Sugar Grove, Pendleton County WV.

    On one side is St Michaels Lutheran Church, on the other side is "The Wilfong Church". My camera [or I] fuzzed this shot very badly. The inscription reads:
    " Four acres of land for church and cemetery were purchased for one shilling on October 1, 1794 from German immigrant couple, Michael and Sophia Wilfong. Historically and locally known as "The Wilfong Church" because of the patronage of the Wilfong family and large number of family members who attended the church and are buried in the cemetery. "

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    Located at the junction of Rt 4 and Rt 20 in Rock Cave, about 10-12 miles south of Buckhannon. There is a nice Veterans Memorial Park in the surrounding area, kind of a big triangular traffic island.


    For a list of personnel in the Upshur Militia:

    http://www.wvculture.org/HiStory/wvmemory/militia/rostersupshur.html


    I couldn't find much else about the Upshur Militia, but I'll keep looking and post it later if I find anything.


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    Historical Marker located on the east end of the traffic island. Junction of Rt 4 and Rt 20.




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    View eastward, with the Historical Marker on the far left, behind the information booth.




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    Closer view of the marker.



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    Plaque dedicated to the Men and Women who have served to protect our freedoms that we too often take for granted.



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    View of the Veterans' Memorial.



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    Closeup of Veterans' Memorial. A humble tribute to those who serve and have served.
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    Located on Rt 19 south of the Stonewall Jackson Resort. I could not find much on either of the gentlemen that is not listed on the markers.

    Rt 19 is a nice ride from I-79 (Exit 91) south and east.



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    Historical Marker located on Rt 19 south of Stonewall Jackson Resort, near Walkersville.


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    View northwest-bound on Rt 19.
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    John Barton Payne was born in Pruntytown WV in 1855 and entered politics shortly after being admitted to the bar as an attorney. He served as a judge in Chicago from 1893 - 1898. At the outbreak of WWI, he served in Washington DC as counsel for the Emergency Fleet Corporation and National Railroad Administration. In 1921, he became president of the US Red Cross, where he served until his death in 1935. His generous dontations of paintings and $100,000 led to the founding of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond VA.

    In WWII, the liberty ship SS John Barton Payne was named in his honor.



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    Historical Marker located on Rt 50 in Pruntytown, about 3 miles west of Grafton, and about 100 meters east of the junction with Rt 250.



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    View eastbound on Rt 50 heading towards Grafton.
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    Located on Rt 92 about 4 miles south of Rt 50 on the southwestern edge of Preston Co.

    For more information on Barbour Co: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbour_County,_West_Virginia


    For more information on Preston Co: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_County,_West_Virginia


    Preston County is home of the annual Buckwheat Festival. :thumbup



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    Historical Marker southbound on Rt 92 entering Barbour Co.



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    Same marker (Side #2) Rt 92 northbound into Preston Co.




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    View southbound on Rt 92 entering Barbour Co.




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    View northbound on Rt 92 entering Preston Co. Some kind of drilling/construction going on to the right. Not really scenic at the moment.
  12. WVChrome

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    You guys will have to wait until Monday/Tuesday for the pics. But I completed an entire county today. Plus, it's a county much farther south than any other markers that have been posted.

    Later,
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  13. vatrader01

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    Once lost, now found.

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    Found in Wardensville, Hardy County WV on RT 55

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    Presbyterian Church, 109 S. Main St Moorefield, Hardy County WV

    My shot of the church did not turn out. I will get another and edit this post next week.
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    Located at the intersection of 220 and Old RT 55 in Moorefield, Hardy County WV

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    vatrader01,

    Ah, Moorefield. There's alot of old memories there. My grandparents would bring me out to the stock sales in Moorefield on Saturdays when I would spend the summer with them in Petersburg. They would bring cows, pigs, chickens, eggs, butter --- you name it, they brought it and sold it. It was a big-time adventure for me as a kid. I don't even know if the stockyards are still there. Sounds like a good excuse to ride, eh? :D

    pnoman
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    Marker is on RT 33 and South Fork Road, Oak Flat, Pendleton County WV

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    Entrance to the fort ruins.

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    Signage discourages exploring. A little on line research indicates that there is a mass grave site and footprint of the fort beyond the gate and no trespassing signs.
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    Arthurdale was the first of many New Deal Planned Communities established under Franklin D. Rooselvelt's administration. It was intended to take impoverished laborers, farmers, and coal miners and move them to a modern rural community that would allow them to become economically self-sufficient.
    The idea for such a self-sufficient community originated when Eleanor Roosevelt learned through her friend, Lorena Hickok, of a plan to relocate a group of West Virginia coal miners to a nearby farm with the intention that they could combine subsistence farming with simple industries to reclaim their economic footing. Mrs. Roosevelt was so passionate about the concept that she brought it to the attention of her husband, who decided to place the project under the direction of the United States Dept. of the Interior.

    DId it work? Read "the rest of the story" : click here.


    Located west of Kingwood about 15 miles, and just east of the midway point between Morgantown and Grafton.



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    Historical Marker #1 - Located on Rt 92 as you enter the town northbound. Located next to a small memorial park.



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    [EDIT: This marker was repainted - photo taken 13 Aug 2011]



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    View northbound on Rt 92 (marker is on your left).



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    View southbound on Rt 92.



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    Nice WWII Veterans' Memorial located near the first marker.



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    Just 1/4 mile north of the first marker is this one. In another one of my "senior moments", I read the sign quickly and missed the part about the mansion. Is there one nearby? I don't know. GUILTY! I'll stop next time I'm in the area, and I promise from now on, I will read the markers SLOWLY and in their entirety.




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    View northbound on Rt 92.



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    I had to add this bit of Americana, located between the 2 markers. I haven't seen an Esso station since we were stationed in Germany from 2000-2003. At least theirs still had gas pumps. :D
  19. WVChrome

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    Putnam County is where I grew up. Lived there for 18 years, and believe me, it's changed a lot. I rode down to my parents for the first time since I've owned a bike, and thought it would be nice to complete my home county on my own. So, I submit to you, for your approval, all 15 markers left in Putnam County.

    First up, the Battle of Scary. Located just south of the WV 817 (Old US 35) and Teays Valley Road (CR 33) intersection. Located in the background is the Red Line Diner, which used to be an okay place to grab a bite. It's had it's ups and downs and I'm not sure I'd swing by anymore.

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    Across the road, is a tribute to the battle, placed by the St. Albans chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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    Below provided courtesy of http://www.21stovicoe.com/battleofscarycreek.html Emphasis mine.

    Later,
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    Just a half mile south of the Battle of Scary marker on WV 817 (again, recently changed form US 35) is the Kanawha/Putnam county line. Only three of the county line markers are left standing.


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    Later,
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