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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lewis County, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Lewis 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> Lewis County, WV (63) Braxton County, WV (15) Doddridge County, WV (13) Gilmer County, WV (24) Harrison County, WV (63) Upshur County, WV (49) Webster County, WV (18)  LewisCounty(63) Lewis County (63)  BraxtonCounty(15) Braxton County (15)  DoddridgeCounty(13) Doddridge County (13)  GilmerCounty(24) Gilmer County (24)  HarrisonCounty(63) Harrison County (63)  UpshurCounty(49) Upshur County (49)  WebsterCounty(18) Webster County (18)
Weston is the county seat for Lewis County
Adjacent to Lewis County, West Virginia
      Braxton County (15)  
      Doddridge County (13)  
      Gilmer County (24)  
      Harrison County (63)  
      Upshur County (49)  
      Webster County (18)  
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1West Virginia, Lewis County, Berlin — John Hacker’s Settlement
John Hacker (1743-1824) erected his pioneer cabin about one mile west of here in 1769. He was the first white settler in Lewis County, and in the watershed of the creek which bears his name. He served under General George Rogers Clark in . . . Map (db m173833) HM
2West Virginia, Lewis County, Copley — Copley No. 1 Well
West Virginia’s largest producing oil well was tapped on the Copley farm by the South Penn Oil Company in September 1900. Workers could not contain the initial flow of 4,800 barrels a day, and a large volume of oil spilled into Sand Fork. . . . Map (db m174499) HM
3West Virginia, Lewis County, Ireland — Fort Pickens
Two miles east is the site of Fort Pickens where Capt. Morgan Darnall's Company A, 10th West Virginia Infantry, Vols. enrolled and built fort, 1861-62; mustered into Union Army by Capt. Bainbridge on March 13, 1862. Burned, 1864.Map (db m161262) HM
4West Virginia, Lewis County, Ireland — Lewis County / Braxton County
Lewis County Formed from Harrison in 1816. It was named for Colonel Charles Lewis, who was killed in 1774 at Battle of Point Pleasant. It was home of Jesse Hughes, frontier scout, and the boyhood home of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" . . . Map (db m161257) HM
5West Virginia, Lewis County, Jacksonville — Pierson’s Rangers
In October 1861, military recruits and Union guerrillas under William Pierson entered Jacksonville and took three men, murdering two, one the brother of Wheeling delegate George Arnold. Another man was shot at home. Gov. Pierpont offered . . . Map (db m174494) HM
6West Virginia, Lewis County, Jane Lew — Dedicated To All Veterans
From the Jane Lew CommunityMap (db m197556) WM
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7West Virginia, Lewis County, Jane Lew — First M.P. Church
Two miles east stands the Old Harmony Church, built in 1819. In this church in 1829, John Mitchell and David Smith organized the first Methodist Protestant Church. Mitchell was its first pastor. Near the churchyard is his grave.Map (db m78396) HM
8West Virginia, Lewis County, Jane Lew — Gen. Lightburn
The Broad Run Baptist Church was organized in 1804. (2 Mi.W.) In its cemetery are buried many early settlers. Here is grave of Gen. Jos. A. Lightburn of the Union Army. After the War between the States, he became a Baptist minister.Map (db m78394) HM
9West Virginia, Lewis County, Jane Lew — Hacker's Creek / Jane Lew Reported missing
Hacker's Creek At mouth of Jesse's Run was home of Jesse Hughes, Indian fighter and scout. About 1770, John Hacker settled here. Near by is scene of Cozad and other border massacres. Several Indian villages and burying grounds were . . . Map (db m78395) HM
10West Virginia, Lewis County, near Duffy — Fort Pickens / Engagements of Co. A
Fort Pickens 120 yds., northeast, Co. A 10th W. Va. Inf., built Fort Pickens for headquarters and defense. Company raised by Capt. Morgan A. Darnall; mustered into U. S. service March 13, 1862. In several battles down to Appomattox. . . . Map (db m37049) HM
11West Virginia, Lewis County, Orlando — Purple Heart MemorialWounded Combat Veterans — 1782 Military Order of the Purple Heart 1932 —
Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars.
My stone is red for The blood they shed The medal I bear Is my Country's way To show they care. If I could be seen By all mankind Maybe peace will Come in . . . Map (db m178495) WM
12West Virginia, Lewis County, Turnertown — Graves of Heroes
In the Butcher Cemetery are the graves of many pioneer settlers, dating back more than 100 years. Here lies Paulser Butcher. Of seven Butcher brothers in the Revolution with Washington, four were killed in action.Map (db m173810) HM
13West Virginia, Lewis County, Walkersville — Bennett-Camden
Here was born Jonathan M. Bennett, (1816-1887). First auditor of Virginia and a leader in the two Virginias. Near here was born Johnson Newlon Camden (1828-1908), U. S. Senator, railroad builder and industrial leader.Map (db m161267) HM
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14West Virginia, Lewis County, Westfield — Blaker's Mill Pond
Mill ponds have been the subject of song and romance. Blaker's Mill Pond provides the water for operating Blaker's Mill. While the mill is operating, water is pumped from the West Fork (of the Monongahela) River at the rate of around 2000 gallons . . . Map (db m197722) HM
15West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Arnold - Old Hill Cemetery
In 1820, only two years after the founding of Weston as the governmental seat of Lewis County, the town's first true cemetery, a one-acre plot, was established on the hillside above the south end of Center Avenue, 15 South Center Ave. In . . . Map (db m197777) HM
16West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 5 — Blacksmith Shop
The blacksmith shop was a vital place for the early 19th century community. The shop was needed at Jackson's Mill not only to shoe horses, but to make repairs in the gristmill. A blacksmith's work included the maintenance of wagons, carriages and . . . Map (db m197617) HM
17West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 4 — Blaker's Mill
Soon after moving to Greenbrier County (West) Virginia in 1794, Jacob and Mary Hackman erected a gristmill at the confluence of Mill Creek and Muddy Creek. The Hackman Mill opened for business in 1796, producing cornmeal for the local population. . . . Map (db m197604) HM
18West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Brannon-Whelan House1908
The core of this large frame house is believed to have been built in 1879. Owner and local attorney William W. Brannon sold the home in 1901 which led to John and Maude McGuires acquisition of the property in that year. In 1908 the McGuires . . . Map (db m204094) HM
19West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 3 — Cummins Jackson House
Cummins Jackson was born in 1802, the eldest son of Edward and Elizabeth Brake Jackson. Cummins worked at and, at times, ran the family's gristmill as a boy. At the death of his father, he gained possession of the mill and adjacent property. Over . . . Map (db m197602) HM
20West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Fairland Nickelodeon And Bank Alley
The first nickelodeon in the United States opened in 1905 in Pennsylvania. Weston was not too far behind, with The Fairyland Theatre opening in 1907, the second nickelodeon to open in Weston. The term nickelodeon came from the price of . . . Map (db m204104) HM
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21West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 64 — Harriet B. JonesRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes For Women Trail —
Asst. Superintendent of this asylum 1887-1892. Active in state organizations, advocated for Women's Suffrage 1896-1920.Map (db m204097) HM
22West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Henry Flesher
In the 1770s Henry Flesher claimed 400 acres at the mouth of Stone Coal Creek. He built his cabin home on the land that became Preston Lewis County. In 1817, Preston became Fleshersville and then in 1819 it was named Weston. His barn was near where . . . Map (db m161272) HM
23West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Historic Edmiston-Ralston BuildingErected 1879
Constructed in 1879, two years after the original structure burned this is the oldest business building in Weston. Originally built as a joint venture between jeweler Er Ralston and attorney Matthew Edmiston, this location has been home to a wide . . . Map (db m197731) HM
24West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Jackson’s MillStonewall Jackson’s Boyhood Home Reported missing
Three generations of Jacksons operated mills here, beginning with Col. Edward Jackson before 1800. Jackson’s Mill included saw and gristmills, carpenter shop, blacksmith forge, slave quarters, barns and other outbuildings, and a general store on . . . Map (db m58720) HM
25West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Jackson’s MillStonewall Jackson’s Boyhood Home
In 1831, this became the home of six-year-old Thomas Jonathan Jackson (1824-1863) and his four-year old sister, Laura Ann Jackson (1826-1911). Their father, Jonathan Jackson, had died in poverty in 1826. In 1830, their mother married Blake G. . . . Map (db m173734) HM
26West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Jackson’s Mill
Boyhood home of Gen.Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson (4 Mi. W.). The first mill was built about 1808 by his grandfather, Col. Edward Jackson, who became a leader in border affairs. It is now the site of the W. Va. 4-H Camp for Boys and Girls.Map (db m173825) HM
27West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Jackson’s Mill / Jackson Graves
Jackson’s Mill Boyhood home (2 Mi. W.) of Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. First mill was built about 1808 by grandfather, Col. Edward Jackson, a leader in border affairs. Now site of the West Virginia 4-H Camp for Boys and Girls. . . . Map (db m173735) HM
28West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Jackson's Mill
Site of boyhood home of Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The first mill was built about 1808 by his grandfather, Col. Edward Jackson, who became a leader in border affairs. It is now the site of the W. Va. 4-H Camp for Boys and Girls.Map (db m56626) HM
29West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 6 — Jackson's Mill
Edward Jackson, "Stonewall's" grandfather, came to the West Fork valley with his family in 1801 and built a log gristmill at a bend on the east side of the West Fork River sometime within the next few years. Milling was an important industry in . . . Map (db m197619) HM
30West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Korea"You Are Not Forgotten" 1950 • 1953 — West Virginia —
KIA: 814 • MIA: 89 • POW: 48 • WIA: 2,088Map (db m198030) WM
31West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Lewis County CasualtiesVietnam War — 1959 - 1975 —
1. Raymond L. Armentrout 10/18/1950 - 02/23/1971 SSGT US Army 2. Joseph M. Brady 08/25/1945 - 02/05/1967 PFC US Army 3. Earl E. Brown 08/49/1939 - 01/29/1966 SSGT US Army 4. Michael S. Garrett 10/25/1948 - 03/04/1969 . . . Map (db m197964) WM
32West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Lewis County War Memorial
Memorial for Veterans all WarsMap (db m155499) WM
33West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Lewis County World War Veterans Memorial
In Memory Of The Men Lewis County Who Gave Their Lives In The Great War 1917 - 1919 James C. Allen • Darral Aulman • Louis Bennett Jr. • Edward T. Bonnett • Solomon H. Brown • Louis Glen Burrell • Wirt Butcher • Fred . . . Map (db m204101) WM
34West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Louis Bennett Library
Home of Jonathan M. Bennett built 1875 and used as family home until 1922. Given by Mrs. Louis Bennett to county as public library to honor her husband and son. J.M. Bennett (1816 ~ 87) was active in state political and local business affairs in . . . Map (db m64089) HM
35West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 1 — Mary Conrad Cabin
In 1845, William Rohrbough built the front half of what is now known as the Mary Conrad Cabin on a tract of land in southern Lewis County. The land had originally been patented by George Jackson, brother to Colonel Edward Jackson of Jackson's Mill. . . . Map (db m197573) HM
36West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 2 — McWhorter Cabin
Pioneer cabin built by Henry McWhorter a Revolutionary soldier, in 1793, at McWhorter's Mill, now Jane Lew and used as home, church, school, and postoffice, was moved to its present site and presented to the state by his descendants August 14, . . . Map (db m197580) HM
37West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial1782 • 1932
All gave some, Some gave all Map (db m198031) WM
38West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Old Hill Cemetary Memorial
In addition to Alexander Scott Withers, prominent Watsonian's interred here are Daniel Stringer, a co-founder of Weston, owner of the first grist mill in the town, and twice elected to Congress; Weeden Hoffman, one of Weston's first merchants, . . . Map (db m197757) HM
39West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — 7 — Sawmill
The sawmill shed, located 30 feet upstream from the Jackson gristmill, was a long one-story structure - with a sloping roof. The Jackson sawmill played a significant role in the growth of this region. It was the first sawmill in the area, . . . Map (db m197669) HM
40West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Seizure of Weston Bank Funds
Early on June 30, 1861, John List of Wheeling, under commission from Gov. Pierpont and with the help of the 7th Ohio Infantry, took charge of about $30,000 in gold held at the Weston branch of the Exchange Bank of VA. Pierpont feared that the . . . Map (db m173838) HM
41West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Shirtman
Conditions of living a life in the woods created men who gave up wearing breeches. They instead wore loose hunting shirts of linsey woolsey, coarse linen, or dressed deerskins, increased length of their leggings and fastened them to their belts . . . Map (db m204483) HM
42West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Site Of The Dr. Mathew Samuel Holt House
On this lot stood the home of Dr. Mathew Samuel Holt (1880-1939) his wife Lela Dew Holt (1870-1949) and their children:
Margaret Abigail Holt (early) (1994-19461) • Mathew Samuel Holt Jr. (1897-1980) • Charles William Holt . . . Map (db m204105) HM
43West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Staunton And Parkersburg Turnpike
Established by act of Virginia Assembly 1824 First Bridge of wood on stone piers built 1829 Second bridge wood and covered built 1847 Third bridge iron built 1890 Fourth bridge concrete built 1922Map (db m204100) HM
44West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — The Exchange Bank of Virginia and the Lewis Maxwell House
The Exchange Bank of Virginia located at 133 Center Ave was the first bank in Weston and only the fifth bank in Western Virginia from 1853 to 1875. During the civil war the bank held $30,000 in gold that was intended to pay for the . . . Map (db m197542) HM
45West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — The Heritage Garden
The heritage garden here at Jackson's Mill exhibits a garden similar to the type that was used during the early to mid-1800s. The garden was one of the most important parts of any farmstead and would normally be planted before homesteaders built . . . Map (db m197815) HM
46West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — The Second Street Bridge
Before the river was bridged, and later when an existing one was closed for repairs, local citizens and travelers crossed the river just a short distance upstream, at today's location of the 4th street bridge, which was more often than not . . . Map (db m204099) HM
47West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Tierney-Farnsworth Building
Originally the site of the Patrick Tierney Hotel built in 1855 and burned in 1896. His daughter Sally built the current structure circa 1910 and since electrical services was unreliable it was plumbed for gas. The first tenant was B. . . . Map (db m197572) HM
48West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Trans-Allegheny Lunatic AsylumNo Asylum from War
When the Civil War began in 1861, the one-story wing on the far left of the building in front of you was all that stood here at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. The foundation of the main building had been completed; it was used to stable horses . . . Map (db m58721) HM
49West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Veterans Memorial
To our West Virginia brothers and sisters past, present and future that protect our freedoms in the War on Terror "Thank You"Map (db m197849) WM
50West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Veterans MemorialPOW ☆ MIA
This memorial is dedicated to all West Virginia POWs and MIAs that have not made it home. Thank you for your service to protect our freedoms. God bless you and your family.Map (db m197945) WM
51West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Veterans Memorial and Gary St. Clair
The flag poles are in honor of the brave men and women of the Armed Forces and Gary St. Clair, Scoutmaster of Troop 105 for 37 years.Map (db m197672) WM
52West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — WelcomeWelcome to Historic Jackson’s Mill, the boyhood home of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
Thomas’ grandparents, Edward and Elizabeth Brake Jackson, settled on this land in 1801 and soon constructed a log cabin and a gristmill. When Edward died, his son, Cummins, took possession of the property and the lucrative family business including . . . Map (db m173807) HM
53West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Welcome To Historic Downtown Weston
Weston Interesting Facts Weston was founded in 1818 as Preston; the name was changed to Fleshersville soon after, and then to Weston in 1819. The city was incorporated in 1846. Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United . . . Map (db m204102) HM
54West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — West Virginia & Pittsburg Railroad Depot - Hales Emporium
Hale's Emporium, owned by Presley Hale, clothing provider, and ardent Unionist. Consequently, Confederate raiders frequently relieved Mr. Hale of his inventory during the Civil War. Numerous attempts were made to bring rail to Weston since . . . Map (db m204103) HM
55West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston
Established, 1818, on farm of Henry Flesher, Revolutionary War veteran, first settler. He was attacked by Indians in 1784, but made his escape. Here is grave of Alexander Scott Withers, who told the story of "Border Warfare."Map (db m155500) HM
56West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston Colored School
Built in 1882, the Weston Colored School was the fourth school erected with public funds for black children in West Virginia. It served the African-American community until desegregation in 1954. Later uses included a vocational agriculture . . . Map (db m197511) HM
57West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston Colored SchoolConstructed 1882
According to law then in place for the education of children of color, it was not until 1880 that Weston had a sufficient number of African-American children to support the requisite segregated classrooms. The third such building constructed in . . . Map (db m197829) HM
58West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston HospitalMain Building
. . . Map (db m204098) HM
59West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston in the Civil WarTarget of Raids — 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 on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Taking separate routes, they later reported that they marched 1,100 . . . Map (db m155501) HM
60West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston State Hospital
Authorized as a western asylum by the state of Virginia in 1858. Construction was started in 1860, completed by the new State, and opened in 1864 as a hospital for mentally ill. This is the largest hand-cut stone building in America.Map (db m12115) HM
61West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston State Hospital
The oldest State institution in West Virginia was authorized by an act of General Assembly of Virginia, March 22, 1858. The War Between the States delayed construction. It was not opened for patients until October 22, 1864.Map (db m12121) HM
62West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Weston's First Bank/Bennett HouseConstructed 1853
Now the law offices of Hunter Bennett, this was the first permanent location of Weston's first bank. It was here that the federal troops "robbed" the bank at the start of the Civil War of $27,000 of funds deposited by the Commonwealth of Virginia . . . Map (db m197539) HM
63West Virginia, Lewis County, Weston — Withers’ Grave
In the old Arnold Cemetery on the hill are the graves of Alexander Scott Withers, born 10-12-1792, died 1-23-1865 and his wife, Melinda F., born 6-1-1793, died 9-15-1854. He was the author of “Chronicles of Border Warfare.”Map (db m197513) HM
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Feb. 2, 2023