“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)


Shirtman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 22, 2022
1. Shirtman Marker
Conditions of living a life in the woods created men who gave up wearing breeches. They instead wore loose hunting shirts of linsey woolsey, coarse linen, or dressed deerskins, increased length of their leggings and fastened them to their belts by strings: Deerskin moccasins completed the outfit. From a belt hung a tomahawk and a scalping knife even though they relied on their rifle even though unreliable.

This region has a favorable landscape for livestock raising, more so than some of our surrounding counties and has always been considered one of the only three grazing counties in the State of West Virginia.

One such "Shirtman” was Thomas Hughes who accompanied Pringle's band of settlers to Buckhannon, in 1769. His inordinate passion for sport and adventure lured him to the area and was the same person who hastened to the rescue of the Flesher family when they were attacked by Native Americans in 1784, near where this sign now stands.
Erected 2021 by Weston West Virginia, Hacker's Creek Pioneers Descendants and West Virginia Humanities Council.
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is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1769.
Location. 39° 2.219′ N, 80° 28.124′ W. Marker is in Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Avenue and 1st Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 Main Ave, 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. Tierney-Farnsworth Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fairland Nickelodeon And Bank Alley (about 300 feet away); Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (about 400 feet away); Harriet B. Jones (about 500 feet away); Weston in the Civil War (about 500 feet away); The Exchange Bank of Virginia and the Lewis Maxwell House (about 500 feet away); Weston's First Bank/Bennett House (about 500 feet away); Brannon-Whelan House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Shirtman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 22, 2022
2. Shirtman Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on August 21, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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