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

Taylor County West Virginia Historical Markers

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By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
Taylor County Face of Marker
West Virginia (Taylor County), Astor — Barbour County / Taylor County
Barbour County. Formed from Harrison, Lewis and Randolph Counties in 1843. It is named for Philip Pendleton Barbour, distinguished Virginia jurist. The scene of opening hostilities on land between the armies of the North and the South in 1961. . . . — Map (db m74912) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Boothsville — Marion County / Taylor County
Marion County. Formed, 1842, from Harrison and Monongalia Counties. Named for hero of the Revolution, General Francis Marion. County was home of Francis H. Pierpont, leader in the formation of this State. The Monongahela River forms just above . . . — Map (db m75098) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Femington — Flemington
Named for early settlers. Here Colonel Johnson C. Fleming about 1867 made demonstration of the “glider.” Near here lived Thomas Allen, the messgenger of Wellington at Waterloo. He died here at the age of 107 (4 miles south). — Map (db m74913) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Flemington — West Virginia College
Opened on this site in 1865 by Free Will Baptists led by local resident the Reverend F. J. Cather. Chartered by the legislature June 26, 1868. Reverend A.D. Williams became the first president and served until 1870 when he resigned to become . . . — Map (db m74914) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown
1861 - 1865 Dedicated to the memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown Co. B. 2nd Va. Vol. Inf. First Union soldier killed in the Civil War. He lost his life on this spot May 22, 1861. Erected May 16, 1928 by Betsy Ross Tent No. 10 West Virginia . . . — Map (db m4547) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Federal Dam
Great dam built by the United States Government two miles south on the Tygarts Valley River River to control floods in the Monongahela Valley. It is 210 feet high and 1780 feet long. It forms a lake of over 4000 acres, 73 miles around. — Map (db m75029) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — GraftonRailroad Town — The First Campaign —
Grafton was a key transportation hub in Western Virginia. The Northwestern Virginia Railroad went to Parkersburg nearly 100 miles west. At Grafton, the Northwestern Virginia Railroad joined the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O). On the B&O, the . . . — Map (db m75015) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Grafton
William Robinson preempted Buffalo Flast, site of Grafton, in 1773. Here is the only National cemetery in the State. Former home of John T. McGraw, financier, and Melville Davisson Post, author. Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, lived here. — Map (db m75020) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Old Catholic Cemetery
About 500 graves of early Grafton settlers, dating 1857-1917, are in old cemetery located on land given by Sarah Fetterman to St Augustine Catholic Church. Headstones include names of Irish and German emigrants. Buried here is Thomas McGraw, . . . — Map (db m75019) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — The First CampaignCivil War Begins in the Mountains of (West) Virginia — The First Campaign —
West Virginia, born of a nation divided, was the setting for the first campaign of America's Civil War. Although still part of Virginia in 1861, many citizens of the west remained loyal to the Union, rather than the Confederacy. By late May, Union . . . — Map (db m75013) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Valley Falls
Beauty spot six miles north of the boundary of Taylor and Marion counties where the Tygarts Valley River dashes through a mile-long gorge in a series of lovely falls and rapids. Included in the 1000-acre grant to Thomas Parkeson in 1773. — Map (db m75017) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — WebsterAnna Jarvis House
Webster Station was located on the Northwestern Virginia Railroad. Webster was a major supply depot and many warehouses were located here. It also served as a staging area for troops. This was the southernmost station on the railroad. During the . . . — Map (db m58701) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Pruntytown — First Taylor County Jail
This is the site of the first Taylor County Jail. After the formation of Taylor County on January 19th, 1844, Pruntytown was named the county seat. A room in the home of Abraham Williams was leased for $1 a month and used as the first jail in Taylor . . . — Map (db m74924) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Pruntytown — Industrial School for Boys
The West Virginia Industrial School for Boys was established in 1889 by an act of the Legislature and was formally opened July 21, 1891 for the purpose of training boys commited to the Institution by the courts of West Virginia. — Map (db m74923) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Pruntytown — John Barton Payne
To the north stood the birthplace of John Barton Payne (1855–1935), Secretary of the Interior in the cabinet of President Woodrow Wilson. From 1921 until his death in 1935, he was chairman of the American Red Cross. — Map (db m74933) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Pruntytown — Pruntytown
Settled by John and David Prunty about 1798. It was county seat, 1844 to 1878. Site of old Rector College. Birthplace of John Barton Payne, Secretary of Interior under Wilson, and head of the American Red Cross. — Map (db m74929) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Simpson — John Simpson
Here John Simpson, hunter and trapper, stopped in 1763. He moved on to Clarksburg in 1764. Harrison and Taylor Counties keep alive his memory in the names of Simpson Creek, the town of Simpson and Simpson District. — Map (db m74915) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Webster — Anna Jarvis’ Birthplace
Anna Jarvis was born here, 5-1-1864. Through her efforts President Wilson designated in 1914 the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. She died 11-24-1948 and was buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala-Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. — Map (db m74918) HM

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