Point Pleasant in Mason County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
French Leaden Plate
Washed out at Point Pleasant 1849, Planted 1749.
Erected 1931 by Colonial Dames of America, West Virginia.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Society of Colonial Dames of America marker series.
Location. 38° 50.317′ N, 82° 8.473′ W. Marker is in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in Mason County. Marker is on South Main Street. Touch for map. Located within the Point Pleasant Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Point Pleasant WV 25550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sallie Marmet Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mansion House (within shouting distance of this Colonel Andrew Lewis (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Point Pleasant (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Livia S. Poffenbarger (about 300 feet away); War of 1812 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point Pleasant.
Also see . . .
1. Celeron de Blainville Buries Lead Plates. 1924 article by Mrs. Delta A. McCulloch, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in the Pocahontas Times. “I then wrote to the boys who had found the plate, and who were now old men living in the far west, and they gave me some of the details of the discovery of it. Two of the boys were the sons of John Beale, eldest son of Col. Tavener Beale of the Revolution. John Beale at this time was proprietor of the hotel at Point Pleasant. The third boy was the grandson of the old Scotch lawyer James Wilson, who walked from Alexandria, Virginia, to Wood county, West Virginia and became the lawyer of Blannerhassett, and was arrested with him at the time of the Burr conspiracy, but as Burr was not convicted they were never tried. Mr. Wilson later moved to Charleston and (Submitted on October 26, 2018.)
2. Leaden Plate Buried at Wheeling Creek. Pierre-Joseph Céloron de Blainville claims territory for France. “In the mid-1700s, France and Great Britain stood on the brink of war for control of the Ohio Valley. In August of 1749, French Canadian military leader and explorer Pierre-Joseph Celoron, led by Native American guides, arrived at the mouth of Wheeling Creek with his Canadian militia. At the junction of Wheeling Creek and the Ohio River, he buried a leaden plate, claiming all territory drained by the streams in the name of Louis XV, king of France.” (Submitted on October 25, 2018.)
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