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Near Coxs Mills in Gilmer County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Stagecoach Stop

 

— Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike —

 
Stagecoach Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2015
1. Stagecoach Stop Marker
Inscription.  Finished in 1848, the Farnsworth House sits on a 300-acre farm with family cemetery. The house was built for James Farnsworth, brother of Daniel D.T. Farnsworth, second governor of West Virginia.

A tavern was built to feed and house travelers, and a toll house was located here to collect turnpike fees. There was also a cattle weighing Station for drovers moving animals for sale in Weston.

In addition to moving the stage safely across mountainous terrain, the driver also acted as baggage master, conductor and express man. Along the route, he was hailed and handed money with a request to purchase some article in the city.

Did you know? Proper handling of the horses and the coach was an art that required much practice, experiene, and not the least, courage.
 
Erected by America’s Byways.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 39° 1.898′ N, 80° 47.009′ W. Marker is near Coxs Mills, West Virginia, in Gilmer County. Marker is on West
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By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2015
2. Stagecoach Stop Marker
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Virginia Route 47 west of U.S. 33, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on West Virginia Route 47 between Coxs Mill and U.S. Route 119. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coxs Mills WV 26342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Raid on Troy (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gilmer County Poor Farm Infirmary (approx. 6 miles away); Samuel Lewis Hays (approx. 6˝ miles away); J.H. Diss Debar (approx. 6.9 miles away); Glenville (approx. 7 miles away); Duck Run Cable Suspension Bridge (approx. 7.1 miles away); Fort Moore (approx. 7.1 miles away); Attack on Glenville (approx. 7.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. A drawing captioned “Stagecoach - (1846)” is reproduced in the upper right of this interpretative panel. In the lower left is a drawing of a stagecoach driver published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in April 1972 captioned “From ‘The Mountains’.” The background image of the panel is a map of the Staunton-Parkersburg turnpike with the roadway highlighted in red.
 
Farnsworth House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2015
3. Farnsworth House and Marker
Farnsworth House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 30, 2015
4. Farnsworth House
This is a private residence. Do not trespass on the property.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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