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Keslers Cross Lanes in Nicholas County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Keslers Cross Lanes / First County Court

 
 
Kesslers Cross Lanes side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
1. Kesslers Cross Lanes side of marker
Inscription.  
Keslers Cross Lanes. Here at the crossroads was an area of early settlement and growth. In 1854 Fred Kessler & John Vaughan opened store; Vaughan appointed postmaster. Site of first meeting of Nicholas County Court; significant Civil War actions of Cross Lanes and Carnifex Ferry in 1861; first Normal School for teacher training held in Malcolm’s Store in 1889, later moved to Old Temperance Hall and then to Summersville.

First County Court. On April 9, 1818, nearby was log home of John Hamilton, site of the organization of Nicholas County. John Duffield elected High Sheriff; John Given, County Clerk; C.W. Cottle & E. Rian to Virginia Assembly; and John Hamilton, Colonel of Militia by sixteen justices. Split on county seat site; moved to farm of John Groves then Peter’s Creek Rd., now Summersville.
 
Erected 2011 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
First County Court side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
2. First County Court side of marker
. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
 
Location. 38° 14.004′ N, 80° 56.08′ W. Marker is in Keslers Cross Lanes, West Virginia, in Nicholas County. Marker is at the intersection of West Virginia Route 129 and Whitewater Road (County Route 9), on the left when traveling south on State Route 129. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keslers Cross Lanes WV 26675, 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. Cross Lanes Battle (here, next to this marker); Zoar Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Kesslers Cross Lanes (approx. half a mile away); Fight At Ramsey’s Fort (approx. ¾ mile away); Journey's End (approx. 1.6 miles away); "Follow Me My Men, Charge!" (approx. 1.6 miles away); Friendley Fire (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Battle of Carnifex Ferry (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keslers Cross Lanes.
 
More about this marker. This marker is no longer “here at the crossroads.” It was originally erected at 38° 14.12′ N, 80° 56.115′ W, at the crossroads of Summersville Lake and Whitewater Roads (Routes 129 and 9). It was moved here between 2014 and 2019.
 
Cross Lanes Battle and Keslers Cross Lanes Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2019
3. Cross Lanes Battle and Keslers Cross Lanes Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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