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Fort Boreman Hill

Fort Boreman Historical Park

 
 
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1. Fort Boreman Hill Marker
Inscription.  The prominence known locally as Fort Boreman Hill encompasses almost 250 acres. However, the actual site of Fort Boreman, its gun stations, powder magazine, and winter quarters, utilized only a small portion of the hill.

The same natural features, panoramic views, and a commanding position above the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers that enticed the military to position themselves here during the Civil War also had encouraged early Indians to set up camps on the hill.

Approximately one-half mile to the east, on a ridge overlooking South Parkersburg, was the site of the "Pest House”. The City of Parkersburg constructed it in 1867 as a place to quarantine victims of smallpox and other contagious diseases. Locally, the two-story house became known as the "house of doom,” and many of the patients who died were buried in the nearby pest house cemetery.

To the left of the entry road, just before reaching the park entrance, is the site of the infamous hangings of 1867. Three men, Daniel Grogan, Thomas Boice, and Mortimer Gibbony, were convicted for the murder of Abram Deem, a well-respected Wood County farmer who was a
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Confederate sympathizer. Though local lore credits a notorious "hanging tree” as the gallows, the men were actually hanged from a scaffold.

In 1893, on a knoll on the western side of Fort Boreman Hill, Gustavus Fries built a public park consisting of tenpin bowling lanes, a dance hall, concession stand, and picnic areas. In addition to a shaded place to relax and enjoy a natural setting, Fries Park offered a venue for musical concerts and even hosted prize fights. The park remained active into the 1940s.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts and CastlesParks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
Location. 39° 15.708′ N, 81° 34.139′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Fort Boreman Drive, one mile south of Robert Byrd Highway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Boreman During The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Parkersburg in 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Parkersburg (West) Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Boreman
Fort Boreman Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, December 25, 2021
3. Fort Boreman Hill Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); William L. “Mudwall” Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Boreman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parkersburg and the Civil War (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkersburg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "Fort Boreman Hill".
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2022, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Last updated on January 9, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2022, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 19, 2022