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Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Berkeley Springs / James Rumsey

 
 
Berkeley Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, September 28, 2008
1. Berkeley Springs Marker
Inscription.  
Berkeley Springs
Washington first came here, 1748. Fairfax gave the springs to the public. Established as town, 1776. Virginia treated her sick soldiers here. Gen. Washington, Gen Buchanan, Gen. Gates, Charles Carroll and others bought lots 1777.

James Rumsey
Here, 1782-1785, lived James Rumsey, miller, innkeeper, and inventor of the steamboat. He demonstrated a model of his boat before Washington, 1784. He continued his experiments here and elsewhere until his public demonstration of 1787.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
 
Location. 39° 37.609′ N, 78° 13.656′ W. Marker is in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfax Street and U.S. 522, in the median on Fairfax Street. Touch for map
James Rumsey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, September 28, 2008
2. James Rumsey Marker
. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley Springs WV 25411, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morgan County Veteran's Monument (a few steps from this marker); William Herbert / Dr. John Meade Travers (a few steps from this marker); Battle for Bath (a few steps from this marker); Frederick Conrad / Robert Rutherford (a few steps from this marker); Campaign in the Snow (within shouting distance of this marker); Streetscapes Goes Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard Graham (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sons and Daughters of Morgan County (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley Springs.
 
Rumsey Mill Stone image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, September 28, 2008
3. Rumsey Mill Stone
Located in Berkeley Springs State Park across the street from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,368 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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