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New Cumberland in Hancock County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Contested County Seat

 
 
Contested County Seat Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, July 3, 2011
1. Contested County Seat Marker
Inscription.  Hancock County, formed in 1848 in home of Sam C. Allison in Fairview, also known as Pughtown and New Manchester. In election for county seat, New Cumberland won by 13; refusal to move led to another vote and majority of 46 in 1850 to move. In May 1853 vote, New Manchester won seat with majority of 1 for next 31 years. Election in 1884 made New Cumberland permanent county seat.
 
Erected 2006 by City of New Cumberland and West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1853.
 
Location. 40° 29.918′ N, 80° 36.661′ W. Marker is in New Cumberland, West Virginia, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of North River Avenue and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south on North River Avenue. Located in Overlook Park, River Drive, New Cumberland. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Cumberland WV 26047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
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distance of this marker. Gravel Hill Academy (here, next to this marker); Captain John Porter / Chelsea China Company (here, next to this marker); Old Town (a few steps from this marker); Brickyard Bend (a few steps from this marker); New Cumberland (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio River (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Town (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named New Cumberland (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Cumberland.
 
Contested County Seat Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, July 3, 2011
2. Contested County Seat Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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