“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fort Hill in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

John Nelson Davis

5 April 1835 - 28 February 1913

John Nelson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 9, 2008
1. John Nelson Davis Marker
Inscription.  John Nelson Davis for whom Mt. Davis, Pa. is named was an early community leader in Southern Somerset County. He was a surveyor, school teacher, Superintendent of Schools for Elk Lick Township, Pa., and ordained minister, shook maker, farmer and during the Civil War he served as 1st. Sergeant of Company 'K', 171st. Pennsylvania Volunteers. he was one of the last surviving Civil War Veterans of this area.

Mr. Davis was a naturalist and was fascinated with Mt. Davis and the High Point thoughtout his life. It seems appropriate that the mountain is named in his honor. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased most of the land from Mr. Emma Humes in 1929. Smaller parcels were purchased from the Davis heirs in 1921 and 1942. In 1974 the 581 acres surrounding the High Point was set aside as the Mt. Davis Natural Area.

Donated by Donald Nevin Shrader, great grandson.
Location. 39° 47.155′ N, 79° 10.597′ W. Marker is near Fort Hill, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from Mt. Davis Road 0.6 miles south of S. Wolf Rock Road when
John Nelson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 9, 2008
2. John Nelson Davis Marker
The John Nelson Davis markers is on the large block to the right, among a cluster of markers dealing with the Pennsylvania High Point - see Mt. Davis marker for more details.
traveling south. Marker is accessible from footpath that is about 300 feet from the parking lot for Mt. Davis. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Hill PA 15540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Baughman Rocks (approx. 0.7 miles away); T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten (approx. 5.1 miles away); Negro Mountain (approx. 5.8 miles away in Maryland); The Fuller-Baker House (approx. 6.2 miles away in Maryland); Grantsville (was approx. 6.2 miles away in Maryland but has been reported permanently removed. ); The National Road (approx. 6.2 miles away in Maryland); General Braddock’s 5th Camp (approx. 6.3 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Hill.
Categories. EducationEnvironmentNatural FeaturesWar, US Civil
High Point Tower image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 9, 2008
3. High Point Tower
Looking at the High Point tower from in front of the John Nelson Davis marker.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,245 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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