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By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2015
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Virginia (Alleghany County), Alleghany — Z-223 — Alleghany County Va. / West VirginiaArea 458 Square Miles /
Alleghany County Va. Area 458 square miles. Formed in 182, from Bath, Botetourt and Monroe, and named for the Alleghany Mountains. At Fort Mann a battle took place between settlers and Indians led by Cornstalk, 1763. West . . . — Map (db m84057) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Clifton Forge — C&O Railroad Shops
When the first train arrived in Jackson's River Station July 10th, 1857, the western terminus of the Virginia Central consisted of little more than a refueling station for wood-burning steam engines and a station house for employees and . . . — Map (db m107983) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Clifton Forge — L-6 — Masonic Theatre
Low Moor Lodge No. 166, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, commissioned this Neo-Classical Revival-style opera house and lodge, erected in 1905 at a cost of about $40,000. The Masons held meetings on the third floor from 1906 to 1921. The . . . — Map (db m105105) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Cliftondale Park — L-3 — Douthat State Park
This park was developed by the National Park Service, Interior Department, through the Civilian Conservation Corps, in conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Commission. It covers nearly 4500 acres and was opened, June 15, 1936. It lies in a . . . — Map (db m84039) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Covington — Averell’s Salem RaidNarrow Escape at Island Ford Bridge
In December 1863, Union Gen. William W. Averell’s 2,500 cavalrymen raided Salem, Virginia, to disrupt the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad supply line to Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, who was besieging Knoxville, Tennessee. After the raid, . . . — Map (db m107979) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Covington — Humpback Bridge
Humpback Bridge constructed of hand hewn timbers in 1835 for the James River Kanawha Turnpike Corporation remained in public use until 1929. In 1953, through the efforts of the Covington Business and Professional Women's Club, the Chamber of . . . — Map (db m46388) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Covington — Z-286 — West Virginia / Alleghany County, Virginia
(obverse) West Virginia West Virginia was long a part of Virginia. Morgan Morgan began the settlement of the region in 1727. A great battle with the Indians took place at Point Pleasant in 1774. West Virginia became a separate . . . — Map (db m46376) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Falling Spring — Falling Spring Falls
Welcome to Falling Spring Falls in the Heart of the Alleghany Highlands. According to the book, “Historical Sketches of the Alleghany Highlands” by Gay Arritt, 82 acres of land including, the Falling Spring Falls was granted by . . . — Map (db m114706) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Falling Spring — D-26 — Fort Breckenridge
Three miles west at the mouth of Falling Spring Creek was a post garrisoned by militia under Capt. Robert Breckenridge. Washington inspected it in 1756. It survived an attack by Shawnees under Cornstalk during Pontiac's war in 1763. — Map (db m1832) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Falling Spring — The Road to the Kanawhaand Washington’s Route — Scenic Overlook
Through the gap between Peters Mountain on the left and Lick Mountain lies the road to the Kanawha used by emigrants traveling west to the Mississippi basin. The road in the valley below follows the route Washington used when inspecting the forts . . . — Map (db m77491) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Longdale Furnace — Australia FurnaceAlleghany Iron for the Confederacy
Australia Furnace, located just east of here, produced pig iron for the Tredegar Iron Works—“Ironmaker to the Confederacy”—during the Civil War. Ira and Edwin Jordan had begun constructing Australia Furnace in 1852; two years . . . — Map (db m107981) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Longdale Furnace — L-5 — Lucy Selina Furnace
This furnace was built in 1827 by ironmasters John Jordan and John Irvine and was named for their wives. During the Civil War, iron produced here was used in the manufacture of Confederate Munitions. — Map (db m46386) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Longdale Furnace — Lucy Selina FurnaceAlleghany Iron for the Confederacy
You are standing near the site of the Lucy Selina Furnace, which supplied the Confederacy with pig iron for the production of cannons, munitions, and rails during the Civil War. In 1827, two Scots-Irishmen, Col. John Jordan and John Irvine, built . . . — Map (db m107982) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Low Moor — Jackson River DepotCrook's Raid
During the Civil War, the Jackson River Depot was located here. It marked the western terminus of the Virginia Central Railroad, which extended 200 miles from Hanover Junction north of Richmond. Located just east of the Kanawha Pass of the Allegheny . . . — Map (db m107980) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Low Moor — D-33 — Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens
Here stand the earliest coke ovens of the Low Moor Iron Company (organized 1873). The ovens converted coal to coke to fuel the company’s blast furnace. The company built more than a hundred such ovens in 1881. By 1923 the Low Moor Iron Company . . . — Map (db m84051) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Low Moor — L-4 — Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church
First called the Church by the Spring, Oakland Grove Church may have been organized as early as 1834, but it was officially established circa 1847 as a mission of Covington Presbyterian Church. A simple brick house of worship constructed during a . . . — Map (db m46377) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Low Moor — Oakland Presbyterian ChurchOrganized 1834
In continuous use as a place of worship except for a period between 1861 and 1865 when it was used as a hospital for a contingent of General T.J. (Stonewall) Jackson's troops encamped nearby. A monument in the churchyard marks the graves of . . . — Map (db m46379) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Low Moor — Oakland Presbyterian Church and CemeteryA Brief History
William Henry Haynes, Sr. donated land for the Oakland Church and cemetery in 1811 to trustees James M. Montague, John P. Haynes, David Williamson and William H. Haynes, Jr. But the deed was not recorded until 1859. The original structure is said to . . . — Map (db m46378) HM
Virginia (Alleghany County), Low Moor — Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Jackson River Station Around 1857, the Virginia Central Railroad completed the Jackson River Depot and was the terminus of the railroad for trains and travelers heading west. Travelers had to continue their travels by horseback or . . . — Map (db m46385) HM

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