Buckhannon in Upshur County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The History Center
Southern Methodist Church Building
— 81 West Main Street —
81 West Main Street, The History Center, est. 1983, by The Upshur County Historical Society, built, 1853 as the Southern Methodist Church Building.
During the night of August 30, 1862, Civil War action in the form of Jenkins’ Raid swept down Main Street to this building where Federal supplies were stored. With this Confederate victory came the destruction of these food supplies as hugh bonfires burned just outside this building. Pillaging, looting, and burning filled the night air along Main Street as the horrors of war became reality. This simple Greek Revival structure was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. This building is maintained as a historic site, museum, and meeting place by the Upshur County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1983.
Location. 38° 59.601′ N, 80° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81 W Main St, Buckhannon WV 26201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Tribute to and in Memory of Buckhannon Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buckhannon / Frontier Days (about 500 feet away); Operation Desert Storm Memorial (about 500 feet away); Destruction at the Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Honor Roll (about 600 feet away); Upshur County Courthouses / Rainbow Restaurant (about 700 feet away); C.E. Mylius Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckhannon.
Also see . . . Civil War in West Virginia. “Although Confederates were unable to control signficant regions of western Virginia for considerable periods of time during the war, they were successful in conducting destructive raids. In August 1862, Cabell County’s Albert Gallatin Jenkins led 550 men from Monroe County on the Staunton and Parkersburg (Submitted on December 7, 2008.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 963 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.