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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Summers County, West Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Summers County, West Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Summers County, WV (45) Fayette County, WV (113) Greenbrier County, WV (72) Mercer County, WV (35) Monroe County, WV (38) Raleigh County, WV (63) Giles County, VA (17)  SummersCounty(45) Summers County (45)  FayetteCounty(113) Fayette County (113)  GreenbrierCounty(72) Greenbrier County (72)  MercerCounty(35) Mercer County (35)  MonroeCounty(38) Monroe County (38)  RaleighCounty(63) Raleigh County (63)  GilesCountyVirginia(17) Giles County (17)
Hinton is the county seat for Summers County
Adjacent to Summers County, West Virginia
      Fayette County (113)  
      Greenbrier County (72)  
      Mercer County (35)  
      Monroe County (38)  
      Raleigh County (63)  
      Giles County, Virginia (17)  
 
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1West Virginia, Summers County, Bluestone State Park — Giles, Fayette & Kanawha Turnpike
Approximate site of 40 mile post of 118 mile turnpike authorized 1838 by Virginia legislature. Cap: $42,600, ($16,000 state). Cost: $25,429. Route: Pearisburg, Giles County to Peterstown & Red Sulphur; crossed New River at Indian Creek to . . . Map (db m179175) HM
2West Virginia, Summers County, Brooks — Brooks Overlook-WelcomeNew River Gorge National River
Before you is an excellent view of the upper gorge area of New River Gorge National River. This section of the gorge is broad and the river is wide, unlike the steep V-shaped canyon found downstream of Sandstone Falls. As the New River cut its way . . . Map (db m100024) HM
3West Virginia, Summers County, Forest Hill — Civil War Camp
Forest Hill United Methodist Church, founded in 1835, served as temporary shelter in 1863 for 23rd Ohio Vol. Inf., including Col. R.B. Hayes and Major W. McKinley, later presidents of U.S. Preceding frame church building, 2nd on site, was one of the . . . Map (db m99128) HM
4West Virginia, Summers County, Forest Hill — Mike Foster
Confederate sharpshooter enlisted 9 May 1861, in Monroe Guards, later Co. D. 27th Va. Infantry, Stonewall Brigade. "The Bloody 27th” fought in every major Civil War battle in east, from First Manassas to Appomattox. Foster was personally decorated . . . Map (db m187321) HM WM
5West Virginia, Summers County, Green Sulphur Springs — 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 m124116) HM
6West Virginia, Summers County, Hilldale — Concrete & Cut Stone Foundations
Throughout the park there are foundations of concrete and one of cut stone that have been used for railroad signals of various types. Unfortunately, over the years during different projects, many of them were destroyed, moved or buried. The best . . . Map (db m211903) HM
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7West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Fort Culbertson
South on New River at Crump's Bottom, Fort Culbertson was built, 1774, at outbreak of Dunmore's War by Capt. James Robertson on order of William Preston, Lieutenant-Colonel of Fincastle County. This fort was garrisoned by troops.Map (db m76682) HM
8West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Great Bend Tunnel
The great tunnel of the C&O Railroad was started at Big Bendin1870 and completed three years later. It is more than a mile long, and now has a twin tunnel. Tradition makes this the scene of the steel drivers' ballad, "John Henry".Map (db m210998) HM
9West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Hinton
Named for its founder. Indian raids broke up early settlements in southern part of this county. First permanent settlements were those of James Graham at Lowell and of Robert Lilly on Little Bluestone from 1770 to 1772.Map (db m76684) HM
10West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Home of Jack Warhop
Babe Ruth’s first two major league home runs, 6 May and 2 June 1915, were hit off pitcher, John Wauhop, 1884-1960, at the Polo Grounds in NY. Wauhop, playing under name of Warhop and "Chief,” played for Highlanders, who became the NY Yankees, . . . Map (db m179179) HM
11West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Lilly
The historic village of Lilly was located at the conference of the Little Bluestone and Bluestone Rivers three miles northwest of this point. It was settled by Robert and Fanny Lilly who migrated here in the late 1700's from the Dublin-Pulaski . . . Map (db m165186) HM
12West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Lilly Bridge
The Lilly Truss Bridge was determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the creation of the Bluestone Dam and Bluestone Lake. It was built to provide a transportation link across the lake. The . . . Map (db m132561) HM
13West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Pack's Ferry
During the Civil War, Pack's Ferry was a strategic river crossing for Federal troops in the area. On the morning of August 6, 1862, 900 men and 2 artillery guns of Confederate Col. G. C. Wharton's command fired on 23rd Ohio soldiers . . . Map (db m132560) HM
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14West Virginia, Summers County, Hinton — Wreck on the C&O
Across Greenbrier River, on October 23, 1890, engineer George Washington Alley (b. July 10, 1860) was scalded to death. Engine No. 134, pulling Fast Flying Virginian from Cincinnati to Washington, hit a boulder on tracks. Lewis Withrow & Robert . . . Map (db m76653) HM
15West Virginia, Summers County, Indian Mills — Summers County / Monroe County
Summers County. Formed, 1871, from Monroe, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer. Named for the distinguished jurist of Kanawha, George W. Summers. Dr. Thomas Walker and companions explored the Greenbrier Valley, 1750, for the Greenbrier . . . Map (db m164749) HM
16West Virginia, Summers County, Jumping Branch — Raleigh County / Summers County
Summers County Formed, 1871, from Monroe, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer. Named for the distinguished jurist of Kanawha, George W. Summers. Dr. Thomas Walker and companions explored the Greenbrier Valley, 1750, for the Greenbrier . . . Map (db m132552) HM
17West Virginia, Summers County, Meadow Bridge — Fayette County / Summers County
Fayette County. Formed in 1831 from Nicholas, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Logan. Named for General Lafayette. On New River, 1671, Batts and Fallam officially claimed Mississippi Valley for Great Britain in opposition to the claim of France. . . . Map (db m140573) HM
18West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Bluestone National Scenic River
This ancient and spectacular river gorge, the rugged sandstone cliffs and overlooks, the unbroken, diverse Appalachian forest ecosystem, and the-hiStoric Bluestone Turnpike Trail, is protected as Bluestone National Scenic River. This publicly owned . . . Map (db m140104) HM
19West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Bluestone River
Bluestone River The Bluestone River begins at an elevation of about 3,500 feet above sea level on East River Mountain, Tazewell County, Virginia. After flowing about 77 miles the river empties into the New River at an elevation of . . . Map (db m140101) HM
20West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Bluestone River
Bluestone River The Bluestone River begins at an elevation of about 3,500 feet above sea level on East River Mountain, Tazewell County, Virginia. After flowing about 77 miles the river empties into the New River at an elevation of . . . Map (db m140102) HM
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21West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Farley's Fort / Thomas Farley
Farley's Fort One of two pre-Revolutionary forts built along the banks of the New River at Culbertson's (now Crump's) Bottom to shelter area settlers. Farley's Fort was established by Thomas Farley in the mid-1770s. Virginia militia later . . . Map (db m140095) HM
22West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Jordan's Chapel
1st frame church in the area, located .8 mi, NW. Built 1852 in the Greek Revival style, Prominent local brothers Gordon & Thomas Jordan gave land and lumber. Used by the Methodists many years.Map (db m132566) HM
23West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Mercer County / Summers County
Summers County Formed, 1871, from Monroe, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer. Named for the distinguished jurist of Kanawha, George W. Summers. Dr. Thomas Walker and companions explored the Greenbrier Valley, 1750, for the Greenbrier . . . Map (db m132567) HM
24West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Neely "Plantation"
John "Buttermilk” W. Neely, Sr. (1780-1865) & Delilah Sweeney Neely (1784-1851) settled here in 1822 on 3,000 acres and reared 10 children. Property comprised total area of Pipestem St. Park. Nearby, Pipestem Knob is site of former Neely . . . Map (db m166435) HM
25West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Pipestem Falls
Name derived from the hollow stemmed shrub Spiraea alba which grows profusely along Big and Little Pipestem creeks. The first white man to see Pipestem was Christopher Gist, 1750, while exploring for the Ohio Land Company. Shawnee . . . Map (db m132562) HM
26West Virginia, Summers County, Pipestem — Pipestem Knob Primitive Baptist Church
When you top the steps of the tower, you will be on Pipestem State Park's highest point (3,000 feet) and facing east across the Appalachian Plateau. Looking through the gap in the mountains to the southeast you see where New River and the . . . Map (db m166437) HM
27West Virginia, Summers County, Sandstone — Batteaux on the New — New River Gorge National River —
Before the coming of the railroad and the whitewater rafting industry, commerce along the New River was carried by long, flat-bottomed boats called batteaux. The New River has always been an important travel corridor through the rugged Appalachian . . . Map (db m179213) HM
28West Virginia, Summers County, Sandstone — Lelia Pearl Bragg Laska Chamberlain
Born 1909 in Summers County, she learned to fly airplanes in 1933. One of few women instructors in the pre-WWII Civilian Flight Training Program, during the war she was in Women Airforce Service Pilots and a Pentagon cryptologist. In 1946, . . . Map (db m179189) HM
29West Virginia, Summers County, Sandstone — Sandstone School — New River Gorge National River —
Sandstone Visitor Center was constructed in 2003 to provide knowledge and information, inspiring a personal connection for visitors to New River Gorge National River and to our national park system. The site of the visitor center is an important . . . Map (db m100021) HM
30West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Big Bend Engineering Building
This building, built in the Jenny Lin style, was used by the railroad and the contractors during the construction of the Big Bend Tunnel 1930-1932. It is the only remaining structure left standing from that enterprise. While it is unknown . . . Map (db m165170) HM
31West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Big Bend Tunnel
The great tunnel of the C & O Railroad was started at Big Bend in 1870 and completed three years later. It is more than a mile long, and now has a twin tunnel. Tradition makes this the scene of the steel drivers' ballad, “John Henry.”Map (db m165372) HM
32West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Fort Greenbrier
Near site of Fort Greenbrier, commanded by Capt. John Van Bibber during Indian raids in 1777. Here stands house built, 1772, by Col. James Graham, with walls pierced for rifle fire. Graham's son was killed and daughter captured by Indians.Map (db m76639) HM
33West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Great Bend Tunnel Construction
Great Bend Tunnel Construction Construction of the Great Bend Tunnel aka the Big Bend Tunnel began on 10 January 1870, tracks were laid 9 September - 12 September, 1872, and final completion of the tunnel was in early 1873. The C&O . . . Map (db m165177) HM
34West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Here Stood a Statue of John Henry
Here stood a statue of John Henry erected by the Hilldale-Talcott Ruritan Club in 1972 on the 100th anniversary of his legendary steel-driving feat. The club cared for the statue until 2012 when the John Henry Historical Park Steering Committee . . . Map (db m211902) HM
35West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Hungards Creek Trestle
There has been at least two railroad trestles crossing Hungards Creek. The one pictured is in the process of being dismantled in preparation for one that will accommodate a double track from Lowell to the east end of the Great Bend . . . Map (db m165184) HM
36West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — John Henry
This statue was erected in 1972, by a group of people with the same determination as the one it honors. The Hilldale - Talcott Ruritan Club chose this memorial to mark a page of history, one hundred (100) years after the completion of the . . . Map (db m165182) HM
37West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — 59 — John Henry"The Steel Driving Man"
African American whose epic battle against steam drill made him a legend among the working class.Map (db m210995) HM
38West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — John Henry Burial Site
Tribute to a Working Man
Listen to my story, ’Tis a story true, Bout a mighty man,—John Henry was his name, An’ John Henry was a steel-driver too, Lawd — Lawd, An’ John Henry was a steel-driver too. John Henry was a . . . Map (db m165165) HM
39West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — John Henry Historical Park
North Arm of the Greenbrier River Becomes a Wetland Before the construction of the Great Bend Tunnel, the north arm of the Greenbrier River left the main river approximately one half-mile southeast of this location. It then meandered its . . . Map (db m165163) HM
40West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — John Henry In Fiction
This educational kiosk provides examples of the fictional John Henry as depicted by the entertainment industry. Some are animated and some non-animated. While entertaining, they do not represent the legend. The following are summaries of some of . . . Map (db m165180) HM
41West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Keaton Exhibit
Summers County resident Aubrey Keaton made a significant contribution of railroad equipment, tools, and other memorabilia to the park in early 2005. Mr. Keaton began his career as a railroader in 1956 with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway in . . . Map (db m211015) HM
42West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Simpson Methodist Church CemeteryEstablished 1876
Trustees Thomas Harris • Alexander Harris • Dennis Haynes • Those Interned Unknown Tunnel Workers Post 1876 • Lena Brooks 1901-1953 • Thomas Harris 1828-1905 • Jennie V. Brooks 1898-1951 • John Henry Mann 1862-1923 • Baby . . . Map (db m165204) HM
43West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — The Legend Of John Henry
The Ballad of John Henry When John Henry was a little baby No higher than his daddy's knee, He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel Saying, "Hammer's gonna to be the death of me, Lord, Lord, Hammer's gonna . . . Map (db m165173) HM
44West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Tunnel Construction Technology Improves
Growing coal sales to foreign countries in the early 20th Century created an increase in the volume of train traffic between the southern West Virginia coal fields and the shipping ports in Virginia. Eventually, the Great Bend Tunnel became . . . Map (db m165171) HM
45West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — Why The Tunnel Was Built
The national coal heritage area The Coal Heritage Trail, a national scenic byway, is located within the National Coal Heritage Area and winds through more than 187 rugged miles of scenic industrial heritage, where thousands of hard-working . . . Map (db m211901) HM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023