WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Ogden's Fort [​IMG]
    (1755 - 1760's), near Gormania
    Built by the VA colonial militia on Difficult Hill near Difficult Creek, it was a stockaded blockhouse and several cabins. Also spelled Logsdon.




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    The French and Indian War

    During the French and Indian War (1754–1763), a formal act came into effect.
    <dl><dd>"WHEREAS it is necessary, in this time of danger, that the militia of this colony should be well regulated and disciplined...And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That every person so as aforesaid inlisted (except free mulattoes, negroes, and Indians) shall be armed in the manner following, that is to say: Every soldier shall he furnished with a firelock well fixed, a bayonet fitted to the same, a double cartouch-box, and three charges of powder, and constantly appear with the same at the time and place appointed for muster and exercise, and shall also keep at his place of abode one pound of powder and four pounds of ball, and bring the same with him into the field when he shall be required...And for the better training and exercising the militia, and rendering them more serviceable, Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That every captain shall, once in three months, and oftner if thereto required by the lieutenant or chief commanding officer in the county, muster, train, and exercise his company, and the lieutenant or other chief commanding officer in the county shall cause a general muster and exercise of all the companies within his county, to be made in the months of March or April, and September or October, yearly; and if any soldier shall, at any general or private muster, refuse to perform the command of his officer, or behave himself refractorily or mutinously, or misbehave himself at the courts martial to be held in pursuance of this act, as is herein after directed, it shall and may be lawful to and for the chief commanding officer, then present, to cause such offender to be tied neck and heels, for any time not exceeding five minutes, or inflict such corporal punishment as he shall think fit, not exceeding twenty lashes..." —An Act for the better regulating and disciplining the Militia, April 1757
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    Historical Marker - Side #2 - Located on Rt 50 appx midway between Gormania and Mt Storm, just west of Union Educational Complex.

    GPS - LAT 39.278521 LON -79.293907




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    Historical Marker - Side #2




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    Marker is located next to "By King's Command" Marker.




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    View eastbound on Rt 50 - Union Educational Complex appx 1/2 mile ahead; Mt Storm appx 3 miles ahead.



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    View westbound on Rt 50 - Gormania appx 3 miles ahead.
  2. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    I drove by there today, and last weekend.
    Wondered if they were in here somewhere.
  3. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Fairfax Line - Grant County

    Located on Rt 220 South, appx 1 mile south of downtown Petersburg, just south of the junction with CR9 (South Mill Creek Road)

    GPS: LAT 38.979446 LON -79.128857


    (Notes from Wikipedia)

    The Fairfax Line was a surveyor's line run in 1746 to establish the limits of the "Northern Neck Grant" (also known as the "Fairfax Grant") in colonial Virginia. The imaginary line between the sources of the Conway River and the North Branch Potomac River is commonly referred to as "the Fairfax Line".

    Background

    The Northern Neck Grant, commonly referred to as the "Fairfax Grant", has its genesis in 1649 when the exiled King CHarles II of Britain rewarded the two Colepeper (Culpeper) brothers and five other loyal friends by issuing a grant for a "porcon of Virginia ... bounded by and within the heads of the Rivers Rappahannock and Patawomecke....". The grant actually took force when Charles was restored to the throne in 1660 and it was recorded and a "Proprietary" created in the New World. At that time, the territory encompassed by the grant had not been explored and was not known. The seven original shares ultimately devolved to Thomas Fairfax, 5th Lord Fairfax of Cameraon (1657–1710), who married the only child, a daughter named Catherine, of Thomas Colepeper, 2nd Baron Colepeper (1635–89). Thus the Northern Neck grant is commonly referred to as the "Fairfax Grant".
    Disputes

    The Commonwealth of Virginia frequently disputed the boundaries of the Fairfax Grant. In 1745, the Privy Council in London decided in favor of the 6th Lord Fairfax, designating that "the boundary of the petitioners land doth begin at the first spring of the South Branch of the River Rappahannack now called Rappidan[,] which first spring is the spring of that part of the said River Rappidan as is called in the plans returned by the name of Conway River[,] and that the said boundary be from thence drawn in a straight line North West to the place in the Allagany Mountains where that part of the River Pattawomeck alias Potowmack which is now called Cohongoroota alias Cohongoronton first arises." The imaginary line between the sources of the Conway River and the North Branch Potomac River is commonly referred to as "the Fairfax Line".
    Surveys

    In 1736 John Savage and his survey party had located the site of the source of the North Branch Potomac River (the northern boundary of the tract), but had made no attempt to establish the western boundaries of Lord Fairfax's lands. A 1746 survey (the "Survey of the Fairfax Line"), however, was accomplished by Colonel Peter Jefferson andThomas Lewis under extremely arduous conditions and resulted in both the emplacement of a boundary marker (the "Fairfax Stone") at the source and the official demarkation of the Fairfax Line, extending from the Stone south-east to the headwater of the Conway River. Lewis's journal of the expedition provides a vivid account of the extraordinarily difficult terrain of the pre-settlement Allegheny Mountains.






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    Historical Marker - Side #1 (north)




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    Historical Marker - Side #2 (south)




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    View northbound on Rt 220 entering Petersburg just ahead.



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    View southbound on Rt 220.




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  4. pnoman

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    Williams vs Board of Education Case - Tucker County

    Located in front of Tucker County Courthouse, Parsons

    GPS: LAT 39.096811 LON -79.680198


    The law said the school year was eight months, but only five months&#8217; worth of money was allocated to the colored school for the teacher&#8217;s salary. The schoolteacher taught the full eight months, and then sued for the missing three months&#8217; salary. She won because the school board did not follow the law and she did.

    Excerpt from the 1898 WV Supreme Court ruling: &#8220;1. The law of this state does not authorize boards of education to discriminate between white and colored schools in the same district as to length of term to be taught. 2. Where a teacher has been employed to teach a colored school by the trustees thereof, under the supervision of the board of education, and she teaches the same the full term of the other primary schools in the same district, satisfactorily to the patrons of such school, she is entitled to pay for her whole term of service; and the board of education cannot escape the payment thereof by interposing a plea that it had, by reason of the school being a colored school, limited the term thereof to a shorter period than the white schools in the same district. Such discrimination, being made merely on account of color, cannot be recognized or tolerated, as it is contrary to public policy and the law of the land.&#8221; (Submitted on June 26, 2014.) TRIAL RECORD - - - SUPREME COURT RULING - - - JUDGE MARMADUKE DENT




    Apparently, there was another Williams vs Board of Education just a few years later:

    1908: Williams v. The Board of Education of Parsons
    In the first class City of Parsons, D.A. Williams won a narrowly based case on the issue of safety. In 1908, the Parsons Board assigned all African American children to one of the four elementary schools. Williams, whose four children had attended school near their home, refused to have the children cross seven dangerous railroad tracks to reach the designated school. He was informed that his children and other African American students were required to attend a school designated for them. The School was located more than a mile from the children's home and in an area surrounded by various railroad-switching yards.
    The School was plagued by railroad traffic and train noises that disrupted the classroom. Mr. Williams filed legal action to remove his children from Lincoln School because of the dangers associated with travel to the school. The Kansas Supreme Court found that on the facts presented, Williams was entitled to relief, but left the door open for other separate school arrangements. LINK TO ARTICLE - - - READ FULL COURT OPINION





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    Historical Marker - Side #1 - In front of Tucker County Courthouse, Parsons



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    Historical Marker - Side #2




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    View of marker in front of courthouse




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    View of marker and courthouse along Rt 219/Rt 72 in Parsons.




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  5. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    In Thomas, when southbound on 32 take a right onto the Douglas Rd.
    This is just up the hill from the Thomas post office. After about 3/4 of a mile you'll find this marker.

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  6. pnoman

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    Nice - Thanks, WVhillbilly.

    Ties in well with the marker just prior to this - Williams vs Board of Education. So many of these WV markers tie together to form a "story".


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  7. Stedlo

    Stedlo Out and About

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    Not sure if this one is in here, I couldn't find it. That's not sayin much, I can't find a lot of things. :lol3

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    On Rt. 32, outside of Davis, WV, toward Canaan.
  8. madaous

    madaous n00b

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    Actually the Travelers Repose was a private family farm that was settled in 1800 by my great,great,great,great grandparents who were Vincent and Nancy Phillips. According to our family bible Vincent and Nancy are the ones who named the farm Travelers Repose and was a open sleep over type farm for hobos,drifters ect..Vincent wrote in the family bible that the land was to be passed down to only his descendants. Also the cemetery on the farm was to be a private family cemetery and no other people was to be buried there except for his direct descendants of the Phillips. The original structure under the house you see there today was the home of Vincent and Nancy Phillips my 4th great grand parents.



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  9. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Goldenseal Magazine had an excellent article about the place a few years ago.

    http://www.wvculture.org/goldenseal/winter12/Repose.html

    The piece was centered around the owner at the time, Jessie Beard Powell. Unfortunately, she passed away a year or so after that (quarterly) issue went to press.

    Have since read where the property went to auction this past September. Wish I had a nickle for every time I've been by there.

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  10. Grape_Ape

    Grape_Ape Shemp!

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    I spotted this new marker today. It is listed as missing on the spreadsheet.

    "Monongalia - Monongalia Co / State of Pennsylvania - Rt 19, State line - Missing"

    Like the description on the spreadheet says, this new marker is located on Route 19 at the WV/PA border.

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    The southbound view:

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  11. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Cool - thanks! That's right out my back door but I don't go up that road often. I did find another one today that has been replaced in the past year or so (because it was missing for a long time) - Rt 219 at the WV/MD border just south of Red House MD. Too bad I was in the car.


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  12. Grape_Ape

    Grape_Ape Shemp!

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  13. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Nice find, I have not been up that road for a while.
  14. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Thanks, GrapeApe.

    My winter project is to compare the current online marker database with the one I made for this project. Any new markers will be added, and I will make a list of undocumented ones. There may only be a few, but there may be more?????




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  15. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Coincidentally, the Fall issue of Goldenseal Magazine (which I just received) had an article about the Everettville mine disaster, along with a shot of the historical marker memorializing that tragic event.

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  16. cleanair

    cleanair Been here awhile

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    There was an OJ Morrison store in Clarksburg located on Main St. between 2nd and 3rd street.
  17. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Get the bikes ready, folks. I just got an email from Matt McGrew (the new chief of the WV Markers Program) and they just got funding to start making 160 new markers. These are all-new, not replacements or repainting. Most will deal with the Civil War and early statehood. They are planning to have all 160 markers up within 2 years.

    I am working on a list to update current "Available" markers. In fact, I sent a list of markers in question for counties starting "A" thru "H" to Matt. When I find out what markers are out there right now, I will post.

    Stay tuned.

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  18. SoPaRider

    SoPaRider Been here awhile

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    Hi Mike

    Sounds like this thread could be going for quite a while longer now!?:lol3

    "The Ride Is Never Long Enough!"

    SoPaRider&SoPaGuider

    Home of the "Motorcyclist Manor"
  19. Gabby

    Gabby Been here awhile Supporter

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  20. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    Working on updated list of "Available" markers. Here's what I have so far. Lots more to come.....

    **Please note - all have been listed as being replaced, but have not been verified. If you get there and the marker is still not in place, please let us know. Thanks!**


    COUNTY -- MARKER -- LOCATION



    Berkeley -- Ft Evans -- Rt 11 South of Martinsburg

    Berkeley -- Berkeley Co / Morgan Co -- Rt 9 at county line


    Cabell -- Lavina Norman -- 1500 block of 10th Avenue, Huntington


    Fayette -- Oakwood Mine Complex -- WV 612, .65 miles west of Carlisle



    Jackson -- Pfost-Greene Murders / Last Public Execution -- Court St, Courthouse, Ripley



    Jefferson -- Locust Hill -- Rt 51 east of Harewood

    Jefferson -- Shepherdstown -- Rt 480 (**NOTE - May be 2 markers - check both sides of town**)



    Kanawha -- Washington's Land -- 10th St south of Rt 25, Dunbar

    Kanawha -- Bangor Cemetery -- Old Rt 60/Walnut St, St Albans

    Kanawha -- Alum Creek -- WV Rt 214, Alum Creek

    Kanawha -- Bull Moose Special (New) -- CR 83, Holly Grove

    Kanawha -- The Block (#1 of 2) -- 607 Shrewsbury St, Charleston

    Kanawha -- The Block (#2 of 2) -- 1010 Washington St East, Charleston

    McDowell -- Carswell Mining Complex -- WV 52, near Carswell Hollow Road




    I will be adding to this list so please check back.

    As always, please take time to photograph each side of the marker clearly and document as described in the Post #1 of this thread. (no drive-by "quickies" please - Thanks!)



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