Hedgesville in Berkeley County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Hedgesville Historic District National Register Site
Washington Heritage Trail
A natural limestone spring, which had been an Indian meeting place before the arrival of the European settlers, provided water for the entire village and reportedly has never been effected by draught. A law passed in the village's early days made it unlawful to "sit or loiter about the Town Spring drinking spirits." The little village was much crossed by invading armies of both the North and the South in the Civil War.
A mile east of the village the Battle of North Mountain was fought, it resulted in the capture of 1,500 Union soldiers who were marched into the south to prisoner of war camps.
The picturesque brick building is
Snodgrass Tavern, one of the oldest known buildings in West Virginia (1742) is located on the east side of Back Creek along the well used Warm Springs Road (WV9). In the early 1800s, Robert Snodgrass also operated a ferry over Back Creek. The tavern was apparently a common entertainment spot and in 1828 he was reprimanded by local Presbyterians for allowing dancing. A store was established at the tavern in 1832 and in 1847 the house ceased to operate as a tavern. Dr. Joseph E. Snodgrass (1813-1884) grew up at the Tavern and later moved to Baltimore where he was a Doctor and aspiring writer. He and Edgar Allen Poe became close friends and colleagues.
The tavern's most famous guest was George Washington. In 1769, while on his way to Warm Springs with his young stepdaughter, George Washington stopped at the inn and recorded in his diary: "...bated at one Snodgrasses and dined there, 7s, 6d. Lodgings cost 11d." A story was handed down in the Snodgrass family that a servant dropped Washington's trunk while carrying it across Back Creek soaking the fine clothes it contained. Washington, a fastidious man, refused to come to the dining room without a change of apparel and ordered his dinner served in his room while the careless servant dried his clothes by the kitchen fire. During another journey on September 8, 1794, President Washington wrote in his diary, "Dispatched my wagon (with the baggage) at daylight and at 7 o'clock followed it. Halted at one Snodgrass's on Back Crek and dined there."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the West Virginia, Washington Heritage Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 8, 1794.
Location. 39° 33.259′ N, 77° 59.718′ W. Marker is in Hedgesville, West Virginia, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Bodine Street north of Hedgesville Road (West Virginia Route 9), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hedgesville WV 25427, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 108 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 202 Town Spring Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 104 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 102 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 201 North Mary Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Mark's Methodist Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); 204 North Mary Street (about 400 feet away); 104 East Main Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hedgesville.
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