Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Mary Conrad Cabin
The cabin was strategically located along the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike at Bushes Mill (now Roanoke) and was used as a courier stop by both sides during the Civil War. Legend claims that soldiers William McKinley and Rutherford B. Hayes, future presidents of the United States, drank from the sweep-well then located in the cabin dooryard. The future presidents were then serving in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Among others who are said to have stopped there are Union General J.A.J. Lightburn, future ambassador to England, Whitelaw Reid; and Confederate General John D. Imboden.
In 1961 George Conrad's granddaughter, Mary Conrad, deeded the cabin to the state of West Virginia for use as a roadside park. In 1988 the cabin was moved to a new roadside park to make way for the Stonewall Jackson Lake. However,
Erected by West Virginia University. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
Location. 39° 5.826′ N, 80° 28.102′ W. Marker is in Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is on Jacksons Mill Road (County Route 10) 2.6 miles north of Route 19, on the right when traveling west. Marker is Stop 1 on the Jackson's Mill Historic Area Walking Tour. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Jacksons Mill Road, Weston WV 26452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Heritage Garden (here, next to this marker); Jackson’s Mill (here, next to this marker); Welcome (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Jackson's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Blaker's Mill Pond (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McWhorter Cabin (about 400 feet away); Blaker's Mill (about 500 feet away); Blacksmith Shop (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Also see . . . WVU Jackson’s Mill. (Submitted on May 12, 2022.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on May 10, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on May 10, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.