Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Stonewall Jackson's Boyhood Home
In 1831, this became the home of six-year-old Thomas Jonathan Jackson (1824-1863) and his four-year old sister, Laura Ann Jackson (1826-1911). Their mother, Julia Beckwith Neale Jackson Woodson, sent them here to live with relatives. Their father, Jonathan Jackson, had died in poverty in 1826. In 1830, their mother married Blake G. Woodson, who was likewise mired in poverty and resented his stepchildren. Julia Woodson died late in 1831.
Thomas Jackson left in 1842 to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in 1846, Jackson served in the Mexican War and later taught at the Virginia Military Institute. He joined the Confederate army when the Civil War began, commanding a brigade at Harpers Ferry. On July 21, 1861, Jackson led his unit at the First Battle of Manassas, where he received his famous nickname, “Stonewall.”
Jackson and his sister remained close until, like so many other siblings, they found themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War. Laura Jackson, who married Jonathan Arnold in 1844, opened their house in Beverly to Federal troops as a hospital and nursed them herself. Her outspoken Unionism estranged her from her brother.
(Sidebar): The Jackson's Mill farmstead has been subdivided and passed through several hands. In 1921, the State of West Virginia acquired the remaining property and entrusted it to the Extension Service of West Virginia University for a youth camp. The property became the nation's first state 4-H camp. Most of the early structures as well as the slave cemetery have been lost; the gristmill and Jackson family cemetery remain.
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 month for this entry is May 1861.
Location. 39° 5.832′ N, 80° 28.044′ W. Marker is in Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is on Jackson's Mill Road (County Route 10). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Jackson's Mill Road, Weston WV 26452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Jackson's Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Jackson's Mill (approx. 2.4 miles away); First M.P. Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Gen. Lightburn (approx. 3.4 miles away); Weston State Hospital (approx. 3.9 miles away); Weston Colored School (approx. 4 miles away); a different marker also named Weston State Hospital (approx. 4 miles away); Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 628 times since then and 12 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on August 24, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.