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Lost City in Hardy County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Lost River’s First Church

 
 
Lost River’s First Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
1. Lost River’s First Church Marker
Inscription.  300 yards east is the first Lost River Valley Church. Built of logs, prior to 1797, on land deeded by Anthony Miller, 1831, to the Baptists and Presbyterians “to hold in common for a meetinghouse and graveyard.”
 
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1797.
 
Location. 38° 55.778′ N, 78° 50.077′ W. Marker is in Lost City, West Virginia, in Hardy County. Marker is at the intersection of West Virginia Route 259 and Lower Cove Road (Route 59), on the right when traveling south on State Route 259. It is within sight of the post office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lost City WV 26810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Ward Wood (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodlawn (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lost River (approx. 2.2 miles away); Howard's Lick / Jackson Home
Lost River’s First Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
2. Lost River’s First Church Marker
The current Valley Baptist Church is the background.
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(approx. 3.8 miles away); Mathias Homestead (approx. 4 miles away); Mathias Veterans Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Lee House Museum (approx. 5.4 miles away); Mill Island (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lost City.
 
Lost River’s First Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Forest McDermott, November 13, 2011
3. Lost River’s First Church
Photo of a painting of the Lost River's First Church. Painting hangs on the wall at the Ivanhoe Presbyterian Church in Lost City, WV and was painted in 1979. The original church was across the road from the Ivanhoe church and was torn down about 20 years ago.
Ivanhoe Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
4. Ivanhoe Presbyterian Church
Located next to the Baptist church on Lower Cove Road. Both current churches are directly across Lower Cove Road from the site of the original shared church.
United States Post Office, Lost City, West Virginia image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
5. United States Post Office, Lost City, West Virginia
The green outhouse is padlocked when the Post Office is closed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 585 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on November 14, 2011, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Aug. 16, 2022