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Ripley in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)


Jackson County Court House


— The Blue and Gray Trail —

Ripley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 31, 2021
1. Ripley Marker
Jackson County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly on March 1, 1831 and named for President Andrew Jackson.

The first courthouse was a brick structure. The land for the courthouse square was donated by Jacob Starcher, one of the earliest settlers in Jackson County. The second court house was built of cut stone and was completed in 1856 and was in use at the time of the Civil War. During the War Between the States, citizens of the county were divided in their political views, with some folks wishing to remain with Virginia, while others supported joining the Union and becoming a separate state. The different viewpoints caused strife between neighbors and relatives. The bitter feelings remained for many years after the war.

Confederate and Union troops moved back and forth through Jackson County during the war. On September 3, 1862, Gen. Albert Jenkins, while on a Confederate Cavalry raid through central West Virginia, entered Ripley with about 500 men. They took provisions from local businesses and relieved a United States Military paymaster of $5,525.00. The next morning they moved on to Ravenwood and then
Ripley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 31, 2021
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crossed into Ohio.

In 1915, a statue in memory of the Federal Soldiers was erected on the courthouse square. The two bronze cannons on display at this site are "mountain howitzers." These cannons were well designed for the mountain terrain of West Virginia. They could be easily disassembled and loaded onto pack animals for transport over rough roads.
Erected by Jackson County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Political SubdivisionsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1831.
Location. 38° 49.15′ N, 81° 42.715′ W. Marker is in Ripley, West Virginia, in Jackson County. Marker is on North Court Street just north of West Main Street (U.S. 33), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 N Court St, Ripley WV 25271, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Ripley (here, next to this marker); Partisan Raid (here, next to this marker); Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park (a few steps from this marker); Pfost-Greene Murders / Last Public Execution (within shouting distance of this marker); Brother Harry Ripley (within shouting distance
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of this marker); Raid on Ripley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Ripley (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Feb. 5, 2023