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Buckhannon in Upshur County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The History Center

Southern Methodist Church Building

 

—81 West Main Street —

 
The History Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
1. The History Center Marker
Inscription. 81 West Main Street, The History Center, est. 1983, by The Upshur County Historical Society, built, 1853 as the Southern Methodist Church Building.

During the night of August 30, 1862, Civil War action in the form of Jenkins’ Raid swept down Main Street to this building where Federal supplies were stored. With this Confederate victory came the destruction of these food supplies as hugh bonfires burned just outside this building. Pillaging, looting, and burning filled the night air along Main Street as the horrors of war became reality. This simple Greek Revival structure was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. This building is maintained as a historic site, museum, and meeting place by the Upshur County Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 59.601′ N, 80° 14.01′ W. Marker is in Buckhannon, West Virginia, in Upshur County. Marker is on West Main Street near Locust Street (West Virginia Route 20), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81 W Main St, Buckhannon WV 26201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The History Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
2. The History Center Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckhannon / Frontier Days (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Destruction at the Courthouse (about 600 feet away); McClellan's Buckhannon Camp (approx. half a mile away); Jenkins in Buckhannon (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Bassel House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Population Center (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lorentz (approx. 4.1 miles away); Upshur Militia (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckhannon.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War in West Virginia. “Although Confederates were unable to control signficant regions of western Virginia for considerable periods of time during the war, they were successful in conducting destructive raids. In August 1862, Cabell County’s Albert Gallatin Jenkins led 550 men from Monroe County on the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike to the Ohio River in Jackson County, capturing the towns of Buckhannon, Weston, Glenville, Spencer, and Ripley on the way. Supposedly, Jenkins was the first military leader to carry the Confederate flag into the state of Ohio. Jenkins’ raid revealed
Southern Methodist Church – Now The History Center image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
3. Southern Methodist Church – Now The History Center
Union weaknesses in the Kanawha Valley caused by the transfer of 5,000 troops to eastern Virginia prior to the Second Battle of Bull Run.” (Submitted on December 7, 2008.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 873 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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