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Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Boreman Hill

 
 
Fort Boreman Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
1. Fort Boreman Hill Marker
Inscription. The prominent known locally as Fort Boreman Hill encompasses almost 250 acres. However, the actual site of Fort Boreman, its gun stations, powder magazine, and winter quarters, utilized only a small portion of the hill.

The same natural feature, panoramic views, and a commanding position above the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers that enticed the military to position themselves here during the war also had encouraged early Indians to set up camps on the hill.

Approximately one-half mile to the east, on a ridge overlooking South Parkersburg, was the site of the “Pest House.” The City of Parkersburg constructed it in 1867 as a place to quarantine victims of smallpox and other contagious diseases. Locally, the two-story house became known as the “house of doom”; many of the patients died and were buried in the pest house cemetery.

To the left of the entry road, just before reaching the park entrance is the site of the infamous hangings of 1867. The men, Daniel Grogan, Thomas Boice, and Mortimer Gibbony, were convicted for the murder of Abram Deem, a well-respected Wood County farmer who was a Confederate sympathizer. Though local lore credits a notorious “hanging tree” as the gallows, the men were actually hanged from a scaffold.

In 1893, on a knoll on the western
Fort Boreman Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
2. Fort Boreman Hill Marker
side of Fort Boreman Hill, Gustavus Fries built a public park consisting of ten-pin bowling lanes, a dance hall, concession stand, and picnic areas. In addition to a shaded place to relax and enjoy a natural setting, Fries Park offered a venue for musical concerts and even hosted prize fights. The park remained active into the 1940s.

Fort Boreman Hill has been the site of diverse uses for thousands of years; strategic defense, amusement, medical quarantine, and public hangings, and now, in continuance of its public service, as a place to memorialize and remember the past.
 
Location. 39° 15.724′ N, 81° 34.156′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Fort Boreman Drive one mile south of Robert Byrd Highway (U.S. 50). Click for map. The marker is located in Fort Boreman Park. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Boreman During the Civil War (here, next to this marker); Parkersburg in 1861 (here, next to this marker); Fort Boreman (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Parkersburg (West) Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Blennerhassett Island
Log Cabin within the entrance to Fort Boreman Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
3. Log Cabin within the entrance to Fort Boreman Park
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Beautiful Ohio River (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blennerhassett Island (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Parkersburg.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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