Bridgeport in Harrison County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Old Baptist Cemetery
Original site of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church (organized in 1770). Buried here are James "Peg" Clemens, Pony Express rider and cousin of Mark Twain; Joseph Johnson, the only man west of the Alleghenies to serve as governor of Virginia, and many others who endured the hardships of the frontier.
This cemetery was combined with the Masonic and I.O.O.F. cemeteries to form the Bridgeport Cemetery in 1939.
Erected by Frontiers to Mountaineers Heritage Tourism, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the Benedum Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
Location. 39° 17.468′ N, 80° 14.487′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, West Virginia, in Harrison County. Marker can be reached from Benedum Drive (West Virginia Route 131) south of Park Avenue, on the right when traveling north. After entering the main entrance of Bridgeport Cemetery, the marker is located on the right at the first fork Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Benedum Dr, Bridgeport WV 26330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baptist Meeting House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bridgeport Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Benedum Civic Center (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bridgeport (approx. one mile away); John Powers' Fort (approx. 1.1 miles away); Combat Wounded (approx. 1.8 miles away); Simpson Creek Covered Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Jackson Cemetery (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgeport.
More about this marker. The text of the marker is exceptionally difficult to read due to the condition of its clear protective covering.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. 3. submitted on September 8, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. 4. submitted on September 7, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. 5. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. 6. submitted on September 19, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.