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Huttonsville in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Bishop Asbury

Bishop Asbury Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 15, 2015
1. Bishop Asbury Marker
Inscription.  Bishop Francis Asbury, famed Methodist circuit rider, often visited the Potomac, Tygart’s, Greenbrier, and Monongahela Valleys. In 1790, on a journey from Georgia to New England, he preached at cabin of Benjamin Wilson in Tygart’s Valley.
Erected 1965 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher ⛪, and the West Virginia Archives and History series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1790.
Location. 38° 43.028′ N, 79° 58.635′ W. Marker is in Huttonsville, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on U.S. 219 just north of U.S. 250, on the right when traveling north. It is at the driveway to Tygart’s Valley Presbyterian Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huttonsville WV 26273, 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. Huttonsville (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Huttonsville (approx. half a mile away); Old Brick Church (approx.
Bishop Asbury Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 15, 2015
2. Bishop Asbury Marker
The sign on the back of the church sign reads, “Presbyterian services first held in this valley in 1781. Church organized March, 1820. Brick Church built in 1826. (Destroyed during the Civil War.) Present building 1883.”
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1˝ miles away); Tygart Valley Homesteads (approx. 6.3 miles away); West Virginia Historic New Deal / CCC Trail (approx. 6.3 miles away); Elkwater / Col. J. A. Washington (approx. 6.7 miles away); Camp Elkwater (approx. 6.7 miles away); U.S. Homestead (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huttonsville.
More about this marker. The marker face is parallel to the roadway, making it difficult to spot from a moving car.
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1. Wikipedia entry for Francis Asbury. Asbury became a local lay preacher for Methodist meetings at age 18. At age 22, John Wesley appointed him as a traveling preacher. His boyhood home still stands and is open as a museum in West Bromwich, England. In 1771 he volunteered to travel to America. When the American War of Independence broke out in 1776, he was the only Methodist minister to remain in America. Within the first 17 days of being in the colonies, he had preached in Philadelphia and New York. During the first year he was Wesley’s assistant and preached in 25 different settlements. In 1780, he met the freedman "Black Harry" Hosier, a meeting Asbury considered "providentially arranged". Hosier served as his driver and guide and, though illiterate, memorized long passages of the Bible while Asbury read them aloud during their
Tygart’s Valley Presbyterian Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 15, 2015
3. Tygart’s Valley Presbyterian Church and Marker
travels. He eventually became a famous preacher in his own right, the first African American to preach directly to a white congregation in the United States. (Submitted on April 9, 2015.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Tygarts Valley Church. “The church measures 61 feet by 31 feet and features a 105 foot tall spire. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.” “The current building, dedicated in 1883, replaces the original building, known as the Old Brick Church, or the Brick Church. The Brick Church was destroyed by Union Forces during the Civil War, who wanted (and needed) the bricks for their winter encampment on nearby Cheat Mountain. There is a historical marker on Cheat Mountain identifying the site of the winter encampment and documenting the use of the bricks from the church. The Brick Church sat on a knoll south of Huttonsville, on land that is now surrounded by the W. Va. State Correctional Center.” (Submitted on April 9, 2015.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 9, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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