Located about 10 miles south of Clarksburg on Rt 20 in Romines Mills, about 1 mile south of the junction with Rt 57. This marker was missing for quite some time, and was recently replaced. From West Virginia: A History by Otis K. Rice and Stephen W. Brown Click Here For Website - See Pg 257 About the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Romantic approaches to literature faded and a new era of Realism arrived. Foremost among the new novelists was Melville Davisson Post (1869-1930), a native of Romine's Mills. Post received a law degree from West Virginia University and practiced criminal law in Wheeling for about 8 years. In 1901 he turned to corporate law and formed a partnership with John T. McGraw, a powerful leader in the Democratic Party. By then, Post had given up his own fleeting political ambitions and embarked on literary pursuits. Post achieved success with The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason (1896) and its successor, The Man of Last Resort (1897). Inverting the plots of detective story writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and A. Conan Doyle, he created in Randolph Mason a clever and unprincipled lawyer who used extraordinary intelligence and legal skill to find imperfections in laws to protect wrongdoers. Critics applauded Post's literary skills, but some feared his exposure of legal flaws would encourage villans to seek them out as ways of escaping justice. Post contended that the stories emphasized the need for greater care in framing laws, but in The Corrector of Destinies (1908) a reformed Randolph Mason turned his great talents to legal methods of correcting injustices. Although Post enjoyed Cosmopolitan and Eastern European society, he found inspiration for many of his works in the hills of West Virginia. Dwellers in the Hills (1901) was reputedly based on experiences in the Harrison County cattle country. Its strength lay in the authenticity of its characters and their society and in its well-constructed plot. A minor classic in American literature, it never achieved widespread popularity in the United States, but it won Post an appreciative audience in Great Britain. Perhaps influenced by the untimely death of his wife, Post turned to a religious theme in The Mountain School-Teacher (1922). He based the story on the life of Jesus, but with reverence and skill, he gave it a modern setting with Jesus assuming the form of a mountain school teacher. Often described as an allegory, the work gave Post new stature as a novelist and won him a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Deeply distressed by the materialistic and immoral society of the 1920s, Post is said to have been considering at the time of his death another allegorical novel with Satan as the central figure. Historical Marker located on Rt 20 at Romine's Mills, about 1 mile south of junction with Rt 57. Same Marker - Side #2 View northbound on Rt 20. That's the Romine's Mills city limit sign just ahead on the right. View southbound on Rt 20. View across the highway at the Romine's Mills area.