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

Mill Island

Confederate Hospital

 
 
Mill Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2012
1. Mill Island Marker
Inscription.  The mansion in front of you is Mill Island, constructed about 1840 in the Greek Revival style for Felix Seymour and his wife, Sidney McNeill Seymour. During the Civil War, Mill Island served as a Confederate hospital, especially for Capt. John Hanson McNeill’s Rangers, a locally recruited partisan band. In addition, according to local tradition, the Hardy County court clerk stored records here, away from the courthouse, for safekeeping during Federal incursions for fear that the courthouse might be burned.

In 1861, Seymour’s widow lived here with her son-in-law and daughter, George T. and Margaret Ann Williams, and their two children. More than 20 slaves and a paid laborer helped George Williams cultivate 1,500 acres. They grew corn, wheat, rye, apples, peaches, and grapes, and raised horses, cattle, sheep, and hogs.

Although George Williams did not serve in the Confederate armed forces, he was sympathetic to the secessionist cause, as were many of his slaveholding neighbors in this fertile valley. Like them, he suffered losses of crops and livestock to both sides during foraging expeditions.

After the war, Williams
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2012
2. Mill Island
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assisted in the financing of roads to improve the transportation of crops outside the valley. He also served as one of the first commissioners of the county’s new public school system. Soon after the war’s end, the valley began to return to its prewar level of prosperity.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 39° 2.298′ N, 78° 57.576′ W. Marker is in Moorefield, West Virginia, in Hardy County. Marker can be reached from Mill Island Drive, one mile south of South Fork Road (County Route 7). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moorefield WV 26836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Branch Valley (approx. 1˝ miles away); Maslin House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cemetery Hill (approx. 1.7 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Moorefield Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hardy County's First Court House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Moorefield (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moorefield.
 
Mill Island Outbuilding image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2012
3. Mill Island Outbuilding
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2012
4. Mill Island Outbuilding
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By Bradley Owen, October 14, 2017
5. Mill Island
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,000 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on February 4, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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