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Paw Paw in Morgan County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington Heritage Trail

 
 
Washington Heritage Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
1. Washington Heritage Trail Marker
Inscription. The Washington Heritage Trail is a 136-mile national scenic byway inspired by the prominent footsteps of George Washington through the three historic counties of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Compelling history, spectacular scenery, geologic wonders, recreation and year ’round activities and festivals are highlighted by 45 historical sites. The trail meanders across mountains and rivers, through forests, farms and orchards as it connects five 18th century towns that remain the center of life today and offer comfortable lodging, unique shopping and fine dining. More information on attractions and services throughout the area is available at each town’s Visitor Center.

Paw Paw. Paw Paw is the westernmost settlement in Morgan County, incorporated as a town on April 8, 1891. A former canal, railroad, orchard and tannery boomtown, Paw Paw is embraced by one of the bends of the Potomac River. Colonial travelers heading west, including George Washington, often forded the river or crossed the gap in the mountain here. In 1928 a bridge replaced the pre-Civil War ferry. Braddock’s French and Indian War army camped south of
Close Up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
2. Close Up of Map on Marker
town, a site used in the Civil War as the federal Camp Chase. The B&O Railroad arrived in 1838; by the 1930s, six trains per day stopped at the depot. Passenger service ceased in 1961. The Paw Paw Pullman car was dedicated on April 16, 1948 and assigned to the Capitol Limited route from Washington, DC to Chicago.

Paw Paw Tunnel. Beginning in 1836, the C&O Canal Company took 14 years to carve a 3118-foot tunnel through Sorrell Ridge, eliminating 6 miles of river bends. The Paw Paw Tunnel was dubbed by American promoters as a wonder of the world. At 24 feet high, it is the largest manmade structure on the C&O Canal and is lined with more than 6 million bricks. A mile north of town, the restored towpath is part of the C&O Canal National Park and welcomes cyclists and hikers year ’round.

The Fruit. The town is named for the fruit that grows along the river and ridge. Found throughout the United States, the paw paw is North America’s largest native edible fruit with purplish-brown flowers in April and ripe fruit in September. A natural custard, it was a favorite dessert of George Washington.

“...our party entirely out
Veterans Memorial and Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
3. Veterans Memorial and Markers
This marker is to the left behind the memorial. The whitewashed Paw Paw marker is to the right next to the flagpole. Behind the Lions sign is the old red brick B&O depot. Route 9 curves to the right in the distance as it approaches the bridge across the Potomac River into Maryland. Winchester Street is out of frame on the left.
of provisions...perfectly contented and tell us they can live very well on the pappaws...” —Sep. 18,1806 William Clark; Lewis & Clark expedition.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.028′ N, 78° 27.432′ W. Marker is in Paw Paw, West Virginia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of West Virginia Route 9 and Winchester Street, on the right when traveling east on State Route 9. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paw Paw WV 25434, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paw Paw (a few steps from this marker); West Virginia (Morgan County) / Maryland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Breaking Through a Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland); Morgan County / Hampshire County (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pinoak Fountain (approx. 6.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Paw Paw.
 
Also see . . .  www.WashingtonHeritageTrail.org. (Submitted on July 22, 2006.)
The Old B&O Passenger Depot. This side faces Lee Street / Apple Way. Trackside was opposite. image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
4. The Old B&O Passenger Depot. This side faces Lee Street / Apple Way. Trackside was opposite.

 
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