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Helvetia in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Helvetia

 
 
Helvetia Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 15, 2015
1. Helvetia Marker
Inscription. Settled by a group of Swiss and German immigrants who came via Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1869. In addition to farmers and herdsmen, many craftsmen and professionals were among the settlers: stone masons, carpenters and painters; wagon, shoe watch, hat and cheese makers; musician, teacher, minister and doctor. Later groups arriving from Switzerland and other parts of U.S. boosted 1874 population to 308.
 
Erected by West Virginia Department of Culture and History. (Marker Number RH 1.)
 
Location. 38° 42.376′ N, 80° 12.049′ W. Marker is in Helvetia, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Czar Road (Helvetia-Adolph Road) (County Route 46) and Helvetia-Pickens Road (County Route 45), on the left when traveling west on Czar Road (Helvetia-Adolph Road). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helvetia WV 26224, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Helvetia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Elkwater (approx. 10.8 miles away); Elkwater / Col. J. A. Washington (approx. 10.8 miles away); Webster County / Randolph County
Helvetia Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 15, 2015
2. Helvetia Marker
Just past the marker, in the center of this photograph is a small wood sign hand-painted with this quote, “You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you. —Joubert”
(approx. 11.2 miles away); Upshur Militia (approx. 11.9 miles away); Kesler's Raid (approx. 11.9 miles away); Big Lime (approx. 12.7 miles away); The Conley Graves (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is a sheet-metal copy of the nearby cast-metal historical marker.
 
Regarding Helvetia. The Helvetia Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
 
Also see . . .  Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia (Video).
“[The book] Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia by David H. Sutton explores the unique founding and development of a community nestled within the wilderness of Appalachia. Established in 1869, this tiny Swiss settlement embodies the American immigrant experience, reflecting the steadfast desire of settlers to preserve cultural traditions and values while adapting to new and extraordinary surroundings.”
Bridge over the Upper Trout Run in Helvetia, West Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 15, 2015
3. Bridge over the Upper Trout Run in Helvetia, West Virginia
(Submitted on April 8, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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