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Beckley in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Alfred Beckley / Wildwood

 
 
Alfred Beckley side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
1. Alfred Beckley side of marker
Inscription.  
Alfred Beckley. Born May 26, 1802. Beckley was a graduate of West Point and served in the army 13 years before moving to present-day Raleigh County in 1836. He pushed formation of the county and named its seat after his father. Made brigadier general of state militia in 1849, he briefly led the militia under Confederate rule before surrendering. Beckley died at Wildwood on May 26, 1888.

Built by John Lilly, Sr. in 1835-36 and remodeled in 1874, it was home to Alfred Beckley and Amelia Neville Craig. Son of John Beckley, first clerk of the US House of Representatives. Alfred founded Beckley and wrote the bill forming Raleigh County. In 1971, the house was listed on National Register of Historic Places, and later opened as a House Museum in 1986.
 
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitecturePolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
 
Location.
Wildwood side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
2. Wildwood side of marker
37° 46.324′ N, 81° 10.401′ W. Marker is in Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker is on South Kanawha Street (West Virginia Route 210) east of Massey Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404 S Kanawha St, Beckley WV 25801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Site (a few steps from this marker); Wildwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Stratton High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); State Police Radio Station And Barracks (approx. 0.7 miles away); Beckley (approx. ¾ mile away); Beckley Mill (approx. ¾ mile away); Pinecrest Sanitarium (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Raleigh County Bank (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beckley.
 
Alfred Beckley / Wildwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
3. Alfred Beckley / Wildwood Marker
Wildwood image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
4. Wildwood
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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