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

Amanda Smith

1829 - 1927

Amanda Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 22, 2022
1. Amanda Smith Marker
Inscription.  Amanda Smith was born in 1829 in eastern Virginia before moving to Wayne County as a young girl. She married prominent lawyer, Joseph Jefferson Mansfield, in 1850, and the couple started a family in the village of Trout's Hill (now Wayne). Joseph marched off to war in July of 1861 with the Wayne County Militia and was killed by friendly fire. Not long afterward, Amanda's home was raided by Union soldiers who stole every valuable and morsel of food she had. After the war, Amanda married veteran, Dr. Harrison Walker, and they built the home on this property. Amanda married Reverend Edmund Osburn after Dr. Walker's death. For the last fifty years of her life, Amanda operated a hotel and boarding house on Hendricks Street and actively supported keeping the courthouse in Wayne. When women received the right to vote, Amanda gave a keynote speech at the Wayne County Democratic Convention. She passed away in 1927 at the age of 97. Shown here are Amanda and her hotel.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1861.
Location. 38° 13.307′ 
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N, 82° 26.648′ W. Marker is in Wayne, West Virginia, in Wayne County. Marker is on Cleveland Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 Cleveland St, Wayne WV 25570, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wayne County Veteran's Association, Inc. Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milton J. Ferguson (about 400 feet away); Wayne County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); World War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Cool Hand Luke (about 500 feet away); Hendricks Street (about 500 feet away); Wayne Was Home to Two Confederate Colonels (about 600 feet away); Wayne (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wayne.
Amanda Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 22, 2022
2. Amanda Smith Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on August 21, 2022, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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