“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Putnam County West Virginia Historical Markers

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By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2015
Red House Marker
West Virginia (Putnam County), Eleanor — Red House
Site of Federal homestead project, located on land granted to George Washington in 1773. The “Red House” was built by Joseph Ruffner in 1840. Here, February 2, 1864, General E.P. Scammon, Union commander, was captured by Confederates. — Map (db m85683) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Hometown — A Park for the Coal Miner
Hometown Park can trace its existence back to at least the 1920s. In 1918, Hatfield and Mitchell Coal and Mining Company bought the Apha Mine located nearby on the Little Guano Creek. The mining company provided a small piece of land as a place for . . . — Map (db m86221) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Hometown — Andrew & Charles Lewis March
The nearby highway is part of route traversing W.Va. from Lewisburg to Point Pleasant memorialized by the state to commemorate the march of the American Colonial army of 1,200 men led by Andrew & Charles Lewis. After a month's march this . . . — Map (db m11454) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Hometown — Coal Mining in Putnam County
The earliest export industry of the Kanawha River Valley revolved around the manufacturing of salt. Though the discovery of coal veins in Putnam County dates back to at least 1800, for most of the nineteenth century these coal deposits supplied . . . — Map (db m86239) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Hometown — George Washington
Acquired 7.276 Acres of this land by a grant, dated December 1, 1773 issued to him by John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, last Royal Governor of Virginia. This tract was surveyed in July, 1773, by William Crawford, upon warrants issued to George . . . — Map (db m11451) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Hometown — Washington’s Land
This “Poca River Tract” of 7,276 acres was acquired by George Washington, and surveyed by Wm. Crawford, 1773. It bordered Kanawha River, “12 miles and 227 poles.” Washington’s nephew, Lawrence, resided at Red House . . . — Map (db m11453) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Red House — PU 1 PU 2 — Red House Shoals / Civil War Action
Red House Shoals. Oldest community on the Kanawha River between Charleston and Point Pleasant, being settled circa 1795. In 1819, steamboat “Robert Thompson” failed to navigate the shoals here on a trip to Charleston. This led to an . . . — Map (db m85690) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Scary — Battle of Scary
First Confederate victory in Kanawha Valley fought here July 17, 1861. Charge of the Rangers under Captain (later General) Jenkins won the day. Whitelaw Reid described the event as a war correspondent with Gen. Cox's Union forces. — Map (db m20787) HM
West Virginia (Putnam County), Scary — Battle of Scary
Erected by the United Daughters of Confederacy St. Albans Chapter Marking the Battle of Scary July 17, 1861 — Map (db m23087) HM

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