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

Flemington

 
 
Flemington Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
1. Flemington Marker
Inscription.  Named for early settlers. Here Colonel Johnson C. Fleming about 1867 made demonstration of the “glider.” Near here lived Thomas Allen, the messgenger of Wellington at Waterloo. He died here at the age of 107 (4 miles south).
 
Erected 2012 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpacePolitical Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
 
Location. 39° 15.985′ N, 80° 7.915′ W. Marker is in Flemington, West Virginia, in Taylor County. Marker is on Walnut Avenue (West Virginia Route 76) near Catcher Street and Simpson Road (County Route 3 & 13), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Flemington WV 26347, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Virginia College (approx. 0.7 miles away); Barbour County / Taylor County (approx. 2 miles away); John Simpson (approx. 2.4 miles
Flemington Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
2. Flemington Marker
A small brass plaque on the B&O Railroad overpass reads “Built by Ralph W. Fimple, Fairmont W.Va. 1940.”
away); Webster (approx. 5.1 miles away); Anna Jarvis' Birthplace (approx. 5.1 miles away); Industrial School for Boys (approx. 5˝ miles away); First Taylor County Jail (approx. 5˝ miles away); Pruntytown (approx. 5˝ miles away).
 
Regarding Flemington. “Col. Johnson C. Fleming experimented with gliding in the 1860s by hitching a horse to bat-like wings of silk and cane that were strapped to his body. The horse pulled him into the air from the hilltop opposite Flemington College in Taylor County.” — From Jeff Miller’s The Famous West Virginians Page
 
Additional keywords. Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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