“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Leetown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Johnsontown Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Glahn, August 7, 2016
1. Johnsontown Marker
Inscription. Founded by free African Americans, George W. & Betty Johnson, in 1848 on 12 acres, it was the first free black community in the state. Johnsons and other families built number of homes and a log, one ~ room graded school, which also served as a meeting place and housed religious activities until Zion Baptist was erected in 1898. Many burials in the adjacent cemetery represents former families
Erected 2000 by West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
Location. 39° 20.43′ N, 77° 53.444′ W. Marker is near Leetown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Johnsontown Road just east of Hite Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kearneysville WV 25430, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter Burr House (approx. 2 miles away); The Greenback Raid (approx. 2.1 miles away); “The Bower” (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Prato Rio" (approx. 2.4 miles away); Harewood (approx. 2.9 miles away); Cedar Lawn (approx. 3.1 miles away); Ruins of St. George’s Chapel (approx. 3.3 miles away); "Travelers' Rest" (approx. 3.3 miles away).
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Glahn of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by William Glahn of Winchester, Virginia. Photo   1. submitted on , by William Glahn of Winchester, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 2, 2016.
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