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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Harrison County, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Harrison County, West Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Harrison County, WV (63) Barbour County, WV (59) Doddridge County, WV (13) Lewis County, WV (63) Marion County, WV (96) Taylor County, WV (50) Upshur County, WV (49) Wetzel County, WV (13)  HarrisonCounty(63) Harrison County (63)  BarbourCounty(59) Barbour County (59)  DoddridgeCounty(13) Doddridge County (13)  LewisCounty(63) Lewis County (63)  MarionCounty(96) Marion County (96)  TaylorCounty(50) Taylor County (50)  UpshurCounty(49) Upshur County (49)  WetzelCounty(13) Wetzel County (13)
Clarksburg is the county seat for Harrison County
Adjacent to Harrison County, West Virginia
      Barbour County (59)  
      Doddridge County (13)  
      Lewis County (63)  
      Marion County (96)  
      Taylor County (50)  
      Upshur County (49)  
      Wetzel County (13)  
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1West Virginia, Harrison County, Anmoore — Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the men and women of our community who have proudly and bravely defended the precious rights and freedoms of our countryMap (db m197530) WM
2West Virginia, Harrison County, Anmoore — World War II Memorial
Commemorating those from Anmoore who served in World War II Adams, John • Allen, William • Alonso, Raymond • Alvarez, Sabrino • Amato, Nicholas • Ayers, Lyle • Bailey, George • Ball, Ashbury • Balough, John . . . Map (db m197795) WM
3West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Baptist Meeting House
The first building known as the Baptist Meeting House stood on this site. The church was organized about 1770 by Rev. John Sutton and five constituent members. Rev. James Sutton served as pastor for a short period. Rev. John Corbly served as pastor . . . Map (db m177155) HM
4West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Benedum Civic Center
Enlarged replica on site of original Michael L. Benedum family home, Benedum, born here 16 July 1869, died 30 July 1959. Known as the “Great Wildcatter” for success in oil exploration, he became as well known for philanthropy. Benedum . . . Map (db m125816) HM
5West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Bridgeport — A Target of the Raid — Jones-Imboden Raid —
(Preface): On April 20, 1863, Confederate Gens. William E. “Grumble” Jones and John D. Imboden began a raid from Virginia through present-day West Virginia against the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Taking separate routes, . . . Map (db m58719) HM
6West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Bridgeport Veterans Memorial
(Noted on Benches): Bridgeport Veterans MemorialMap (db m176854) WM
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7West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Combat Wounded
Combat Wounded Dear friend, beware as you stand by As you are now, so once was I As I am now, so you will be, So get prepared to follow me. “To follow you I am not content Until I know which way you went." We are such things . . . Map (db m108674) WM
8West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Combat Wounded
Combat Wounded Dear friend, beware as you stand by As you are now, so once was I As I am now, so you will be, So get prepared to follow me. “To follow you I am not content Until I know which way you went." We are such . . . Map (db m184834) WM
9West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — John Powers' Fort
On Simpson Creek is the site of fort built by John Powers, 1771. Nearby is grave of Col. Benjamin Wilson, soldier and settler. Here lived Joseph Johnson, only Virginia governor from west of Alleghenies; first elected by popular vote.Map (db m4545) HM
10West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Old Baptist Cemetery
Original site of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church (organized in 1770). Buried here are James "Peg" Clemens, Pony Express rider and cousin of Mark Twain; Joseph Johnson, the only man west of the Alleghenies to serve as governor of Virginia, and . . . Map (db m181303) HM
11West Virginia, Harrison County, Bridgeport — Simpson Creek Covered Bridge — Reported missing
A. S. Hugill built 75' long by 14' wide multiple king-post truss bridge in 1881 for $1483 on land of John Lowe. Survived great flood of 1888 but was washed away from original site 1/2 miles upstream in 1899.Map (db m8541) HM
12West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — "Stonewall" Jackson
Birthplace of General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. After a brilliant Mexican War record, he joined the Confederacy in 1861, earned his nickname and advancement in rank in first Battle of Bull Run, and was killed at Chancellorsville.Map (db m73406) HM
13West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Clarksburg
(side 1) Established 1785. Named for Gen. George Rogers Clark. John Simpson camped here in 1764. Early permanent settlements were made by the Davissons, Cottrills, Sotha Hickman, Nicholas Carpenter, and others. (side 2) . . . Map (db m73413) HM
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14West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Clarksburg Convention
On April 22, 1861, in Clarksburg, about 1,200 citizens of Harrison County met to oppose Virginia's proposed ordinance of secession. They supported John Carlile's call for delegates to meet on May 13 in Wheeling to determine a course of action for . . . Map (db m184744) HM
15West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Clarksburg Defenses — Protecting the Town and Railroad — Jones-Imboden Raid —
On April 20, 1863, Confederate Gens. William E. “Grumble” Jones and John D. Imboden began a raid from Virginia through present-day West Virginia against the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Taking separate routes, they later reported . . . Map (db m58717) HM
16West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Combat Wounded — Some Gave All, All Gave Some
Combat Wounded. Dear friend, beware as you stand by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. So get prepared to follow me. “To follow you I am not content. Until I know which way you went.” We are such things as dreams . . . Map (db m104605) WM
17West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Daniel Davisson — 1748 • 1819
Born along Devils Crk. in the Millstone Valley of New Jersey. Married Prudence Izzard of Phil. in 1772. Came to Harrison Co. Va. in 1773 with wife father, Obadiah, uncles John, Andrew, Amaziah and families. His survey listed 400 acres in 1773 . . . Map (db m184966) HM
18West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Daniel Davisson Chapter NSDAR — In Memory Of
Peter Devecman - 1803 • Obadiah Davisson - 1806 • Wife Elizabeth • Daniel Davisson - 1819 • Wife Prudence - 1806 • George J. Davisson - 1836 • Major Thomas P. Moore - 1830 • Wife Racheal - 1852 • Thadeus Moore - 1859 • Forbes Britton - . . . Map (db m184926) HM
19West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Daniel Davisson DAR Cemetery
Site of Hopewell Baptist Church and burial place of Daniel Davisson. Major in Revolution. Commander of Nutter Fort and High Sheriff of Harrison County, he donated land for county buildings and this cemetery in the year of 1790.Map (db m184812) HM
20West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Harrison County Soldiers Monument
Erected by the Citizens of Harrison County in memory of its soldiers who served in the Wars from 1776 to 1907.Map (db m184859) WM
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21West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — John S. Carlile
Born in 1817, he practiced law and served in the Virginia Senate and US Congress. At the 1861 Richmond Convention, he opposed secession. Although he led efforts to create a new state and wrote "A Declaration of the People of Virginia" calling for a . . . Map (db m184802) HM
22West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — John Simpson
In 1764, John Simpson, hunter and trapper, established a camp here on the bank of the West Fork River opposite the mouth of Elk Creek. He was the first white man in the area. Simpson Creek and the town of Simpson are named for him.Map (db m174580) HM
23West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Northwest Academy — Soldiers' Home — Reported damaged
From 1861 through 1865, Clarksburg was temporary home to hundreds of Union soldiers. Although many tents and huts were erected to quarter he men, soldiers occupied every public building at one time or another. You are facing the site of one such . . . Map (db m58718) HM
24West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Oak Mounds
Directly to the east are two earthen, domed burial mounds. The larger mound is some sixty feet in diameter and twelve feet high. Excavations in 1969 revealed flint tools, pottery sherds and skeletal remains of two individuals. Site dates to about . . . Map (db m174582) HM
25West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Palace Furniture Building — 168 West Main Street
A seven-story building, the first concrete-steel building to be constructed in West Virginia. The first three stories were constructed in 1911 to house the Palace Furniture Company. In 1921 four stories were added to the building, as was the Neo . . . Map (db m185414) HM
26West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Stonewall Jackson Birthplace — Origins of a Confederate Hero
The house in which Thomas J. Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, stood across the street and halfway down the block to your right (marked with a bronze plaque). His father struggled to make ends meet and poverty marred Jackson’s childhood. Both . . . Map (db m166847) HM
27West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — The Immigrants
"...So build your community that quickened conscience, larger vision, deeper devotion and equality of rights for all will resolve itself into an enthusiastic zeal for personal service in the community. All who give service are torch bearers." . . . Map (db m73414) HM
28West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — The Jackson Cemetery
In this cemetery lie buried members of the Stonewall Jackson family: his father Jonathan, a sister Elizabeth, his great grandparents John Jackson and wife Elizabeth Cummings. Buried here also are Mrs. Mary Payne Jackson and Mrs. Mary Coles Payne, . . . Map (db m175548) HM
29West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument
"Look at Jackson there -- Standing like a stone wall" Brig. Gen. Bee, at the First Battle of Manassas Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Lt. General, C.S.A. Born in Clarksburg, January 21, 1824. Died May 10, 1863, from wounds . . . Map (db m73407) HM WM
30West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson Birthplace
On this site stood the birthplace of Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson Lieutenant General C.S.A. Born January 21, 1824-Died May 10, 1863Map (db m73403) HM
31West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Towers School
Built in 1894 and named in honor of Reverend George Towers, graduate of Oxford, England who was a teacher at Randolph Academy. The Academy, authorized by the Virginia Assembly in 1787, stood just to the east and was the principal regional school . . . Map (db m73405) HM
32West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — U.S.S. West Virginia Bow Flag Staff
Placed in memory of those who gave their lives and in honor of all who served on this great battleship, sunk Dec. 7, 1941.Map (db m73412) WM
33West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Union Meetings — "We intend… to… remain in the Union"
Harrison County was among the first jurisdictions in western Virginia to support the Union. A pro-Union meeting was called for November 24, 1860, at the Clarksburg Courthouse, just after Abraham Lincoln had been elected president and many Southern . . . Map (db m73418) HM
34West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Veterans Administration Hospital
A 212-bed general medical and surgical hospital, dedicated Dec. 17, 1950 and activated for patients in March 1951. It maintains 97 medical, 90 surgical and 25 psychiatric beds. It is affiliated with the West Virginia University School of Medicine.Map (db m174651) HM
35West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Veterans Memorial
In memory of Veterans from all wars and conflicts in honor to God and countryMap (db m184866) WM
36West Virginia, Harrison County, Clarksburg — Waldomore / Nathan Goff
Waldomore. Built by Waldo P. Goff, father of Nathan Goff, in 1842, Waldomore is a two-story Neo-Classical Revival brick mansion used as the family home until the death of May Goff Lowndes in 1930. Left by her to the City of Clarksburg . . . Map (db m174510) HM
37West Virginia, Harrison County, Enterprise — Bathsheba Bigler Smith
Bathsheba Bigler Smith, born May 3, 1822, one mile upstream, was baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - day Saints in 1837. Moved to Nauvoo, IL, where she was a founding member of the Relief Society, the LDS Church charitable women's . . . Map (db m177224) HM
38West Virginia, Harrison County, Enterprise — Enterprise
Nearby is the Mclntire blockhouse, built in 1773, another of the outposts established as protection against the Indians. Here are the graves of many early settlers, including those of John McIntire and wife, both victims of the Indians.Map (db m176882) HM
39West Virginia, Harrison County, Enterprise — In Memory of Jacob Bigler and Elisha Griffith — 1768 • 1776
In memory of Jacob Bigler Born 1752 - Died 1829 and Elisha Griffith Born 1751 - Died American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War Map (db m177565) WM
40West Virginia, Harrison County, Enterprise — Revolutionary Graves
In the I.O.O.F. Cemetery on the east side of the West Fork River at Enterprise are graves of Jacob Bigler (1752 - 1829) and Elisha Griffith (1751 - 1843), veterans of Revolutionary War who later settled in Harrison County. The graves are marked by a . . . Map (db m177757) HM
41West Virginia, Harrison County, Lost Creek — “Randolph Mason”
Near by was the home of the late Melville Davisson Post, author of many novels, but particularly noted for his stories concerning the strange points of law, woven about the fictitious character “Randolph Mason.”Map (db m173719) HM
42West Virginia, Harrison County, Lost Creek — B & O Depot
Built 1892, following the completion of railroad in 1887. Lost Creek grew to become largest shipping point for cattle in West Virginia in 1915 and on entire B & O system, east of Mississippi in 1923.Map (db m35331) HM
43West Virginia, Harrison County, Lumberport — Lumberport
Near blockhouse built by Thomas Harbert and others about 1775. This was the home of Col. Benjamin Robinson who was a soldier in the Revolution. He led a company at Brandywine and Germantown and also saw Indian service.Map (db m177066) HM
44West Virginia, Harrison County, Mount Clare — Center Branch Church — Reported missing
Organized in 1818 by 19 members of Simpson Creek Baptist Church wanting a house of worship nearer to their homes. Original log building stood below road. Present structure was erected in 1854.Map (db m173715) HM
45West Virginia, Harrison County, Nutter Fort — Nutter's Fort
Built by Thomas Nutter in 1772 after settlement two years earlier. Nutter was a captain in the Revolutionary Army and is buried here. Refugees from Hacker's Creek settlements came here during the Indian raids of 1779.Map (db m161273) HM
46West Virginia, Harrison County, Nutter Fort — Veterans Memorial
Those that provide freedom shall dwell in our hearts forever Army • Navy • Air Force • Marines • Coast GuardMap (db m185490) WM
47West Virginia, Harrison County, Salem — Industrial Home for Girls
The West Virginia Industrial Home for Girls was established by act of the Legislature, February 18, 1897, for the rehabilitation of girls who need assistance in becoming useful citizens of the State. It was formally opened May 5, 1899.Map (db m174654) HM
48West Virginia, Harrison County, Salem — Melvin Mayfield — Congressional Medal of Honor —
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company D, 20th Infantry, 6th Infantry Division. • Place and date: Cordillera Mountains, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 29 July 1945 • Entered service at: Nashport, Ohio • Birth: Salem, W. Va. • G.O. No.: 49, . . . Map (db m173881) HM WM
49West Virginia, Harrison County, Salem — Salem
Chartered, 1794, and settled by colony of families from New Jersey. Site of blockhouse where troops were stationed during Indian wars to guard the trail from the Ohio to the West Fork settlements. It is the seat of Salem College.Map (db m170909) HM
50West Virginia, Harrison County, Salem — Salem at the Turn of the Century
Salem developed as a result of the oil boom around the turn of the twentieth century. A major fire devastated the downtown in 1902 destroying the majority of the wood-framed buildings along Main Street. Subsequently, much of Main Street was . . . Map (db m173878) HM
51West Virginia, Harrison County, Salem — Salem Depot — Rededication October 5, 1996
Constructed in 1912, this depot served on the transcontinental railway, with its last passing train in 1985. The depot was restored in the 1990's by citizens of the Salem area. The project was funded through the Intermodal Surface . . . Map (db m170859) HM
52West Virginia, Harrison County, Salem — Salem Fork Pilot Watershed
The United States Department of Agriculture was authorized by Congress in 1953 to carry out a program of flood prevention and erosion control for Salem Fork. The project was seven (7) earth dams along with land treatment measures to control . . . Map (db m173890) HM
53West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — 6-Sided Communications Booth
The B&O Railroad constructed this 6-sided communications booth at the Ehelen-Solon siding, near the Vincent Lumber Company, as part of its private phone rail communications system. A booth operator could call from one of 10 sidings between . . . Map (db m177416) HM
54West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Big Elm
Site of “Big Elm,” tree awarded “largest of its kind in US” in 1876. Measured over 30 feet in circumference at its base. The tree began dying by 1905, with the cause attributed to disease, the building of a streetcar line, . . . Map (db m125818) HM
55West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Granville Davisson Hall
Born in 1837, Hall worked at the Wheeling Intelligencer during the Civil War. His reporting during the creation of WV served as the basis for his publication, The Rending of Virginia. Hall also recorded the proceedings of the . . . Map (db m125819) HM
56West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Haywood Junction State Police Camp
From 1922 to 1933, WV State Police training facilities and Company A headquarters were located at a camp in Haywood Junction. Not only were troopers trained, but horses were broken using proven methods of the U.S. Cavalry. In the late 1920s, . . . Map (db m176749) HM
57West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Levi Shinn House
Built, 1778, by Levi Shinn who came from New Jersey, 1773, and claimed tomahawk rights. Returned with family and brothers, Clement and Jonathan and settled. Sold part of land to Jonathan whose son, Levi, deeded it for site of Shinnston.Map (db m125817) HM
58West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Levi Shinn House - Built 1778
Inherited by Levi's oldest son Clement. After Clement's death, house sold to David Morris in 1840's. Morris heirs sold it with surrounding land in 1959 to Richardson Lumber & Construction Company. In 1972, its owners, Bob and Shirla (Bice) . . . Map (db m177089) HM
59West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Saltwell
Village so named because of well drilled here in 1835 by Abraham and Peter Righter. The well reached a depth of 745 feet releasing natural gas. Often attributed to be first deep well drilled in United States. Water from such wells was reputed to . . . Map (db m177528) HM
60West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Shinnston Tornado
At 8:30 p.m. on June 23, 1944, a large tornado struck this area without warning because weather news was banned during WWII. The violent tornado lifted the West Fork River from its bed and left path of destruction up to 1,000' wide. Storm claimed . . . Map (db m125820) HM
61West Virginia, Harrison County, Shinnston — Veterans Memorial
In honor and memory of all Veterans who served our country in time of peace and war and to those who paid the supreme sacrifice so that we might enjoy freedom. Their spirit, devotion and love of country will be forever remembered. . . . Map (db m177902) WM
62West Virginia, Harrison County, Spelter — Spelter Community / Spelter Zinc Plant
Spelter Community Company town built for immigrant, primarily Spanish, zinc plant workers, 1910-11: housed 1,500 residents in 175 homes, renting for $11 per month by 1915. First known as Ziesing, for a company official; named Spelter for post . . . Map (db m125821) HM
63West Virginia, Harrison County, Stonewood — Veteran Honor Roll
To those that served so freedom might live William F. Nolan, USCG • Roy D. Martin, Army • Okey B. Looman, Army • Merle E. Dutchess, Army • Robin D. Newhouse, USMC • Kenneth L. Bocco, Army • Norval Campbell, Army • George . . . Map (db m185513) WM
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Feb. 2, 2023