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Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Contentment

Home of George W. Imboden

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 11, 2010
1. Contentment CWT Marker
Inscription. After the Civil War, George W. Imboden lived here with his wife, Mary Tyree, the daughter of William Tyree of Tyree Tavern. When the war began, Imboden enlisted in the Staunton Artillery in Augusta County, Virginia, where he then resided. He subsequently became colonel of the 18th Virginia Cavalry when it was organized in December 1862. The regiment was assigned to the brigade of his better-known brother, Gen. John D. Imboden, and served in West Virginia, on the Gettysburg Campaign, and in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns.

George Imboden married Angia M. Dickinson after his wife Mary died, and they added one room to the house and extended the front porch, Angia Imboden named the place Contentment.

During the Civil War, an elderly couple named Woolwine occupied the house, which was constructed about 1830 and had six rooms. An attached kitchen burned and was not rebuilt.

The Imboden brothers promoted the industrial development of both Virginias. George Imboden served as director of the Gauley Mountain Coal Company, while John Imboden traveled to England to secure investments in area coal mining. Between 1870 and his death in 1922, George Imboden served in the West Virginia House of Delegates (1876), as president of the Fayette County Commission (1881-1885), as first mayor of Ansted (1891-1892)—
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By Bernard Fisher, August 11, 2010
2. Contentment CWT Marker
he also laid out the streets—as town recorder (1891-1907) and as president of the National Bank of Ansted. When he died, he was buried in Westlake Cemetery in his Confederate uniform.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 7.884′ N, 81° 6.476′ W. Marker is in Ansted, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 60) and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ansted WV 25812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named "Contentment" (a few steps from this marker); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jackson's Mother (approx. 0.6 miles away); Westlake Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tyree Tavern (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Halfway House" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Salt Sand (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hawk’s Nest (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ansted.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photograph of "George W. Imboden" Courtesy
Contentment Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 11, 2010
3. Contentment Museum
Fayette County Historical Society


On the right is a photograph of "Gen. John D. Imboden" Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Also see . . .  Contentment (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on August 16, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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National Register of Historic Places
4. Contentment
George W. Imboden Grave Site image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, May 26, 2012
5. George W. Imboden Grave Site
Grave stone in the Westlake Cemetery in Ansted.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,229 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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