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Bentree in Nicholas County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Clay County / Nicholas County

Clay County side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
1. Clay County side of marker
Clay County. Formed in 1858 from Braxton and Nicholas. Named for the great Kentuckian, Henry Clay who was so popular in western Virginia that in 1820 a monument was erected to him for his part in bringing the National Road to Wheeling.

Nicholas County. Formed in 1818 from Kanawha, Greenbrier, and Randolph. Named for Wilson C. Nicholas, the governor of Virginia, 1814-1817. In this county in 1861 sharp engagements were fought at Carnifex Ferry and at Kessler’s Cross Lanes.
Erected by West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 38° 16.918′ N, 81° 11.469′ W. Marker is in Bentree, West Virginia, in Nicholas County. Marker is on Dixie Highway (West Virginia Route 16) just south of Sangamore Fork Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4309 Dixie Hwy, Lizemores WV 25125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seaberry Arms Osborne (approx. 3 miles away); Solomon Osborne (approx. 6˝ miles away); Gauley Bridge War Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Battles For The Bridges (approx. 8.3 miles away); Gauley Bridge (approx. 8.3 miles away); Morris Massacre (approx. 9 miles away); Camp Reynolds (approx. 9.3 miles away); Montgomery (approx. 9.9 miles away).
Nicholas County side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
2. Nicholas County side of marker
Clay County / Nicholas County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
3. Clay County / Nicholas County Marker
Henry Clay image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Henry Clay
This 1842 portrait of Henry Clay by John Neagle hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“His admirers called him ‘Gallant Harry,’ and his impetuous charm made him quite possibly the most beloved politician of his generation. But the real legacy of Kentucky's Henry Clay was his unstinting devotion, in the House of Representatives and later in the Senate, to maintaining a strong American union. In the early 1830s, as southern states threatened to nullify federal authority over a tariff bill that would have hurt plantation economies, Clay set aside his own preference for the new law to orchestrate a compromise. In 1850, with the North and South on the verge of armed conflict over the extension of slavery into the new western territories, Clay again stepped in with proposals that, temporarily at least, satisfied both sections. This last act of his career earned him the title of Great Pacificator.” -- NPG
Clay Monument, Elm Grove image. Click for full size.
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5. Clay Monument, Elm Grove
“Erected in 1820 by Moses Shepherd and his wife, Lydia, to commemorate the distinguished public services of Henry Clay in behalf of the National Pike. Built of freestone and is twenty feet high. Time has effaced all the inscriptions except on the east side. The Shepherd mansion, built 1798, is on a nearby eminence.” This photo appeared in Souvenir of Wheeling, published by the town of Wheeling in 1905.
Wilson Cary Nicholas, 1805<br>By Gilbert Stuart<br><small>Cleveland Museum of Art</small> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wikipedia
6. Wilson Cary Nicholas, 1805
By Gilbert Stuart
Cleveland Museum of Art
“Wilson Cary Nicholas (January 31, 1761 – October 10, 1820) was an American politician who served in the U.S. Senate from 1799 to 1804 and was the 19th Governor of Virginia from 1814 to 1816.” – Wikipedia.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5, 6. submitted on August 19, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Sep. 21, 2023