WV Historical Markers - Let's Find All 700

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  1. WVhillbilly

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    Not familiar with any of those.
  2. pnoman

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    UPDATE: (starting with Lewis County)

    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


    Lewis -- Copley Well -- Rt 17 (Copley Road) near Sand Fork EDIT: Posted by stedlo


    Lincoln -- Forks of Coal Missionary Baptist Church -- Rt 214 / Coal River Road, Alum Creek


    Marshall -- Cameron City Pool -- Park Ave, Cameron EDIT: Posted by pnoman


    Mason -- Gen John McCausland -- Rt 2, south of cemetery at Henderson (?? Not sure if this one is there)


    McDowell -- Welch -- Overlook at Rt 52, 1 mile east of Rt 103 - Hard to find, post was found once but marker may be up now???)

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


    Mineral -- Mineral County / Hampshire County -- Rt 28 at county line

    Mineral -- Ft Ashby -- Rt 46 (There were 2 old markers we have photos of, but at least 1 was replaced with a new marker)



    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!)
  3. Stedlo

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    Copley No. 1 Well, located about 10 miles out on Route 17, off of Route 19 just south of Weston.

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  4. pnoman

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    Thanks, Stedlo. I will update my spreadsheet.

    That must have been like the BP oil spill a century ago.
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    Cameron City Pool - Marshall County

    Located on Park Ave in Cameron, WV (Marshall County) at the base of the Northern Panhandle - about 20 miles northwest from the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania.

    Interesting history: http://www.cameronwv.com/swimmingpool.htm




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    New Historical Marker located at the entrance to the pool. (Side #1)
    GPS coordinates of the marker: LAT 39.828958 LON -80.566848



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    Historical Marker - Side #2





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    View of the marker and pool entrance.



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    Best photo I could get of the pool since it was closed. The hill overlooking the pool is private property.





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    Image from Google Earth shows the pool just left of center. The arrow points to the marker.


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  6. KingJarhead

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    I was in Ripley today, I didn't see the new marker... I was also in my cage so I didn't look too hard. I will be back up in a couple weeks on the bike, then I will look it.


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  7. pnoman

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    Thanks! Look forward to seeing it.




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  8. pnoman

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    WEST VIRGINIA / MARYLAND - Rt 522 north of Berkeley Springs (Previously "Missing")

    I had the opportunity to spend 2 days riding the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia looking for historical markers that have been replaced or refurbished/repainted since our marker project began. Most are ones that were previously "Missing", and a few are refurbished/repainted ones previously posted. I will identify the ones posted earlier so you can go back and see the difference - "Before and After".





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    Historical Marker - Side #1 southbound entering WV on Rt 522



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    Historical Marker - Side #2 northbound leaving West Virginia



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    View southbound on Rt 522 entering West Virginia after crossing Potomac River Bridge from Hancock MD
    The WV / MD marker along with Stonewall Jackson Hill marker (see next posting) are visible to the right of my motorcycle.




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    View of WV / MD marker and Stonewall Jackson Hill marker southbound on Rt 522 entering WV.


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  9. pnoman

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    STONEWALL JACKSON HILL - Rt 522 north of Berkeley Springs at the West Virginia / Maryland border.

    **This marker was previously posted by vatrader01 on Post #330 - CLICK HERE TO SEE OLD MARKER **


    Born in my hometown of Clarksburg, WV, Stonewall Jackson rose to the rank of Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army.

    Read more about him at : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_Jackson




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    Historical Marker - Side #1 southbound on Rt 522 at the West Virginia / Maryland border near Hancock MD.




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    Historical Marker - Side #2 on Rt 522 northbound at the West Virginia / Maryland border near Hancock MD.



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    View on Rt 522 southbound entering Morgan County and West Virginia after crossing the Potomac River from Hancock MD.
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    LOVERS' LEAP - Rt 522 - Morgan County - Appx 2 miles south of WV/MD border and Potomac River (Marker previously "Missing")

    After looking at a satellite view image on the computer, I was ready to hike over to the cliff. Unfortunately, the property is posted "No Trespassing". I believe it is now a quarry.




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    Historical Marker - Side #1 looking southbound - located on Rt 522 appx 2 miles south of WV/MD border and Potomac River.

    GPS: LAT 39.679014 LON -78.195505



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    Historical Marker - Side #2 looking northbound



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    View southbound on Rt 522. The actual cliff is to the right (west) appx 200 yards.




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    View northbound on Rt 522.




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    Private property - No trespassing.


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    BERKELEY SPRINGS SANITARIUM - Morgan County - Berkeley Springs - Museum in City Park downtown


    ** This marker is located inside the Berkeley Springs Museum - Admission is charged. Museum Link: CLICK HERE


    Noted for its healing waters, Berkeley Springs has been visited for hundreds of years. For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Springs,_West_Virginia



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    Historical Marker - located inside Berkeley Springs Museum in city park by springs. Inscription is the same on both sides. Unusual color - appears to be hand-painted.




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    Marker is located just inside the entrance to the museum.



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    Another view of the marker inside the museum.




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    Whereas most WV Historical Markers were manufactured by Sewah Studios (a foundry in Ohio), this one appears to have "Michaels - Covington" on the base mounting bracket.




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    Berkeley Springs Museum in City Park downtown.
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    Sir John' Run - Morgan County - Rt 9 ( Refurbished/Repainted)

    ** This marker was previously posted by vatrader01 on Post #331 - CLICK HERE TO SEE OLD MARKER


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    Historical Marker - Side #1 - located on Rt 9 about 2 miles west of Berkeley Springs.




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    Side #2


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    View of Historical Marker with Sir John's Run Road (CR 3) in the background northbound.


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  13. pnoman

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    PROSPECT PEAK - Morgan County - Rt 9 appx 4 miles west of Berkeley Springs (Marker was previously "Missing")


    In my opinion, this overlook ties with Germany Valley overlook on Rt 33 west of Franklin for great views.

    Some more information: http://berkeleysprings.com/trail/gwtrail-9.html



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    Historical Marker - Side #1 - Facing westbound - Located in parking lot / pull-off located on the north side of Rt 9 appx 4 miles west of Berkeley Springs.

    Marker GPS: LAT 39.622578 LON -78.259576



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    Historical Marker - Side #2 - Facing eastbound toward Berkeley Springs




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    View of parking lot / pull-off with marker to the far right.




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    Panoramic view of overlook.
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    MORGAN COUNTY / HAMPSHIRE COUNTY (Route 9) - County line at two separate borders on Rt 9 (Two Markers - Both were previously "Missing")

    MARKER #1 - Located on the section of Rt 9 that branches off east from Rt 29 toward Berkeley Springs. The base of this marker appears to have been broken and welded.


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    Marker #1 - (Side #1) Located on Rt 9 at Hampshire Co / Morgan Co line on the route to Berkeley Springs. View westbound entering Hampshire Co.





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    Marker #1 - (Side #2) Located on Rt 9 at Hampshire Co / Morgan Co line on the route to Berkeley Springs. View eastbound entering Morgan County.

    The broken base and repair is apparent on this photo.



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    View of Marker #1 westbound on Rt 9 entering Hampshire Co.




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    View of Marker #1 eastbound on Rt 9 entering Morgan Co.




    MARKER #2 - Located on the section of Rt 9 that branches off Rt 29 and goes north into the town of Paw Paw.

    This marker has the old white background, so I don't think it has been repainted recently. I also don't know why it was previously missing.



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    Marker #2 - (Side #1) Located on Rt 9 at Hampshire Co / Morgan Co line on the route to Paw Paw. View northbound entering Morgan County.




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    Marker #2 - (Side #2) Located on Rt 9 at Hampshire Co / Morgan Co line on the route to Paw Paw - View southbound entering Hampshire Co.



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    View northbound on Rt 9 entering Morgan County towards Paw Paw.



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    View southbound on Rt 9 entering Hampshire County going away from Paw Paw.



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  15. pnoman

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    HOWARD'S LICK / JACKSON HOME - Rt 259 north of Mathias near entrance to Lost River State Park (Previously listed as "Missing")

    More information on Howard's Lick - http://www.wvculture.org/hiStory/communities/howardslick01.html

    More information on John Jackson (great grandfather of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson) from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_Jackson

    Thomas Jonathan Jackson was the great-grandson of John Jackson (1715 or 1719 – 1801) and Elizabeth Cummins (also known as Elizabeth Comings and Elizabeth Needles) (1723–1828). John Jackson was a Protestant (Ulster-Scottish) from Londonderry, Ireland. While living in London, England, he was convicted of the capital crime of larceny for stealing £170; the judge at the Old Bailey sentenced him to seven years of indentured servitude in America. Elizabeth, a strong, blonde woman over 6 feet (180 cm) tall, born in London, England was also convicted of larceny in an unrelated case for stealing 19 pieces of silver, jewelry, and fine lace, and received a similar sentence. They both were transported on the prison ship Litchfield, which departed London in May 1749 with 150 convicts. John and Elizabeth met on board and were in love by the time the ship arrived at Annapolis, Maryland. Although they were sent to different locations in Maryland for their indentures, the couple married in July 1755.

    The family migrated west across the Blue Ridge Mountains to settle near Moorefield, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1758. In 1770, they moved farther west to the Tygart Valley. They began to acquire large parcels of virgin farming land near the present-day town of Buckhannon, including 3,000 acres (12 km²) in Elizabeth's name. John and his two teenage sons, were early recruits for the American Revolutionary War, fighting in the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780; John finished the war as captain and served as a lieutenant of the Virginia militia after 1787. While the men were in the Army, Elizabeth converted their home to a haven, "Jackson's Fort," for refugees from Indian attacks.

    John and Elizabeth had eight children. Their second son was Edward Jackson (March 1, 1759 – December 25, 1828), and Edward's third son was Jonathan Jackson, Thomas's father.



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    Historical Marker - Side #1 - Located on Rt 259 in Mathias appx 100 meters north of the entrance to Lost River State Park (CR 12) Poor sign has seen some rough winters.

    GPS: Lat 38.879967 Lon -78.865154


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    Historical Marker - Side #2



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    View northbound on Rt 259


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    View southbound on Rt 259


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    LOST RIVER - Hardy County - Located on Rt 259 in the town of Lost River, appx 8 miles south of Baker.

    This community is most likely named for the nearby Lost River -

    (From Wikipedia) The Lost River is geologically the same river as the Cacapon River : it flows into an underground channel northeast of Baker along WV Rt 259 at "the Sinks" and reappears near Wardensville as the Cacapon. The source of the Lost River lies south of Mathias near the West Virginia / Virginia border. Along with the Cacapon and North rivers, the Lost River serves as one of the three main segments of the Cacapon River and its watershed.


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    Historical Marker - Side #1 - located on Rt 259 in the town of Lost River.

    GPS: Lat 38.952052 Lon -78-805000



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    Historical Marker - Side #2

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    A settlers' fort located on the Lost River several miles south of Warden's Fort, somewhere between Baker and Lost City. Also spelled Riddle in some sources. A battle occurred near here in 1756.
    (From West Virginia Forts : http://www.northamericanforts.com/East/wveast.html



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    View southbound on Rt 259 - Lost River Museum is to the left




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    View northbound on Rt 259.



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    FORT BINGAMON - Grant County - Rt 220 appx 5 miles south of Petersburg (REFURBISHED/REPAINTED)

    This marker was originally documented on Page 26, Post #502


    GPS: Lat 38.927511 Lon -79.175080



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    Marker - Side #1 facing south on Rt 220



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    Marker - Side #2 facing north on Rt 220



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    Photo of marker in June 2009. It definitely looks nicer now.


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    ST MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH - Grant County - Located on Spring Run Road (CR 9-2) appx 2 miles east of Dorcas and CR 9 - South Mill Creek Road, south east of Petersburg)

    This marker was previously listed as missing, but was mistakenly described as being located in Williamsport - appx 30 miles to the north.

    GPS: Lat 38.923488 Lon -79.089061

    Some history of the church and it's present location: From Grace Lutheran Church website


    About 1918 the Rev. George P. Schmidt began holding Lutheran services in Petersburg at the county courthouse. Later they were held at the St. John's Academy, a Lutheran School.

    When the Academy closed in 1933 a location was sought for a church. Rev. A.W. Surbey was the pastor of the congregation at this time. In 1937 the present property was bought on Pine Street. Construction plans for the new church began with the arrival of the Rev. G.W. Strobel in 1938. The building was begun in the spring of 1939 and dedicated on January 28, 1940.

    Parsonage property had been purchased on Pine Street by three congregations, Grace, St. Matthews, and Mt. Hope. This property was sold in 1945 and property on Central Avenue was bought by Grace and St. Matthews. Construction on the new parsonage began in the fall of 1946 and was completed in the summer of 1947. David Getz who had drawn up the plans for the church and supervised its construction also over saw the construction of the parsonage.

    During the next fifteen years Grace and St. Matthews of Masonville, now known as Dorcas, shared a pastor. The St. Matthews congregation dates back to 1756. The present church building and its furnishings were dedicated on Nov. 6, 1898. On Dec. 1, 1955 the two congregations merged with services at Grace. The St. Matthews church remains as property of Grace and an annual homecoming service is held there each year on the second Sunday in August.

    On June 18, 1982 the parsonage on Central Avenue was sold and the present parsonage adjacent to the church was purchased on June 22, 1982 from Theodore Alkire.



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    Historical Marker - Side #1 facing westbound - Located in front of church on Spring Run Road, just west of Spring Run Hatchery east of Dorcas.




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    Historical Marker - Side #2 facing east towards the Spring Run Hatchery




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    View eastbound on CR 9-2 (Spring Run Road) The hatchery is about 250 meters ahead on the right.



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    View westbound on Cr-9-2 (Spring Run Road)


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    View of the church.


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    View of the church - east side (front of church faces south)



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    Sign on the front.


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    West-facing side of church.




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    WASHINGTON'S HOST - Rt 46 east of Keyser, appx 1-1/2 miles east of CR 9 - Refurbished/Repainted

    See original write-up and photo of marker from May 2009 - CLICK HERE


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    Historical Marker - Side #1 facing eastbound on Rt 46



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    Historical Marker - Side #2 facing westbound on Rt 46
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    MAYO AND SAVAGE - Mineral County, Piedmont on Rt 46 - At the corner of West Hampshire Street and Childs Ave - Marker was previously missing

    GPS: LAT 39.479663 LON -79.047341

    (From Wikipedia) Major William Mayo, born in England, emigrated to the British Colony of Virginia in 1723. In 1736, a commission of six men sent a surveying party under Mayo's leadership to explore Lord Fairfax's territory, one of three such parties outfitted at that time (see John Savage). This first survey of Fairfax's domains provided the first useful map of the region, and Mayo's journal provided most of the knowledge available to the first settlers who were then breaking through the Blue Ridge gaps into western Virginia territory. The New Creek, Mineral County area received its name from this Mayo expedition. By traveling up the north side of the Potomac River, which was easier because of the mountainous terrain on the south side, the party missed the stream which gives the town its name. On the return trip, however, the explorers discovered the stream and subsequently placed it on the map as a "new creek."

    Together with Professor Alexander Irvin, Mayo was also responsible for setting the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina. One of the rivers intersecting the line was named the Mayo River in his honor.

    In 1737, Mayo laid out the city of Richmond, Virginia.

    Mayo served as the chief civil engineer in Virginia until his death in Richmond in 1744. He is interred there in the Hollywood Cemetery.

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    John Savage was an 18th-century surveyor of colonial Virginia. He surveyed as part of a 1736 expedition to settle a boundary dispute between Lord Fairfax and the English Privy Council concerning the extent of the vast Northern Neck land grant.

    In 1736, three different survey expeditions were organized with all three having representatives of both the Colony of Virginia and of Lord Fairfax. One party was to explore and map the Potomac to its head; this included Major William Mayo and Mr Brookes for the Colony (and King) and Mr Winslow and John Savage for Fairfax. A second party was to explore and map the North Branch of the Rappahannock (Mr Wood, Mr Thomas, Jr) and the final party was to explore and map the South Branches (Rapidan and Conway Rivers) of the Rappahannock (Mr Graeme, Mr Thomas, Sr). All parties consisted of surveyors and commissioners and their works were completed in all three cases.

    The work of the three groups and the county surveyors lead to the preparation of a map of the Northern Neck in 1736 and 1737. This map shows the courses of the Potomac and Rappahannock and cites latitudes across the map. What the map does not show, however, is a western boundary line for the grant. A line connecting the head springs of the Potomac with those of the Rappahannock had yet to be surveyed. This was to be the work of Colonel Peter Jefferson and Thomas Lewis — the "Fairfax Line" party — in 1746 and 1747, which finally settled the disputed claims.

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    NOTE - I will check with WV Archives and History to ask about the name discrepancy (John Savage / Thomas Savage)

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    Historical Marker - Side #1 - looking westbound


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    Historical Marker - Side #2 - Looking eastbound



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    View north on Rt 46 (Childs Ave) looking into downtown Piedmont. Rt 46 eastbound goes to the right on this photo and continues to Keyser.
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    View looking eastbound on Rt 46 (East Hampshire Street)

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