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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Cabell County, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Cabell 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> Cabell County, WV (51) Lincoln County, WV (9) Mason County, WV (94) Putnam County, WV (25) Wayne County, WV (31) Gallia County, OH (36) Lawrence County, OH (20)  CabellCounty(51) Cabell County (51)  LincolnCounty(9) Lincoln County (9)  MasonCounty(94) Mason County (94)  PutnamCounty(25) Putnam County (25)  WayneCounty(31) Wayne County (31)  GalliaCountyOhio(36) Gallia County (36)  LawrenceCounty(20) Lawrence County (20)
Huntington is the county seat for Cabell County
Adjacent to Cabell County, West Virginia
      Lincoln County (9)  
      Mason County (94)  
      Putnam County (25)  
      Wayne County (31)  
      Gallia County, Ohio (36)  
      Lawrence County, Ohio (20)  
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1West Virginia (Cabell County), Barboursville — Barboursville
Established, 1813. County seat moved here from Guyandotte and remained until taken to Huntington in 1887. Before the Guyandotte courthouse was chosen,court met at the home of William Merritt, 1809-1810, on Mud River near here.Map (db m73691) HM
2West Virginia (Cabell County), Barboursville — Barboursville EngagementFighting for the Kanawha Valley
Confederate Gen. Henry A. Wise’s army occupied the Lower Kanawha Valley in June 1861. Union Gen. George B. McClellan assigned the task of driving them out to Gen. Jacob D. Cox, who massed his troops in Gallipolis, Ohio. Cox planned to cross the Ohio . . . Map (db m73692) HM
3West Virginia (Cabell County), Barboursville — Battle of Barboursville
Site of early Civil War battle fought July 13, 1861. Border Rangers and local citizens met on “Fortification Hill” to repel an advance by five companies of the 2nd Kentucky Infantry. After firing several volleys, Union troops made a bayonet . . . Map (db m125932) HM
4West Virginia (Cabell County), Barboursville — Nancy Cartmill Gardens
This park has been named Nancy Cartmill Gardens in honor of Nancy Hunter Cartmill. Mrs. Cartmill was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Barboursville and served from 1993 to 2001. Major Cartmill was instrumental in attracting business . . . Map (db m125915) HM
5West Virginia (Cabell County), Barboursville — Old Toll House
This old toll house, built in 1837, stood below town of Barboursville on Guyan River bank; tolls collected on James River - Kanawha Turnpike from those using the ferry. Restored in 1950 by the D.A.R., BarboursvilleMap (db m64095) HM
6West Virginia (Cabell County), Barboursville — Woody Williams Bridge
Bridge named for Hershel "Woody" Williams, who as a corporal in 3rd Marine Div. during World War II won Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism against the Japanese at Iwo Jima, 23 February 1945.Map (db m73686) WM
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7West Virginia (Cabell County), Glenwood — General Jenkins
. . . Map (db m73693) HM
8West Virginia (Cabell County), Guyandotte — Granville Parker
Born January 1809 in Massachusetts, he was a lawyer who came to Cabell County shortly before the Civil War. A Unionist, he fled when A. G. Jenkins called for his arrest. From 1861 to 1863, he was a delegate to the constitutional convention for the . . . Map (db m178192) HM
9West Virginia (Cabell County), Guyandotte — Historic Carroll House
First located in Gallipolis, Ohio, the house, owned by James Gallaher. was floated down the Ohio River to Guyandotte in 1810. Obtained by the Carroll family, it was used as an inn and site for Catholic Mass. On November l1, 1861, Mary . . . Map (db m178157) HM
10West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — “Diamond Teeth” Mary McClainBlues & Gospel Singer — August 28, 1902--April 4, 2000 —
Born and raised in Huntington, WV, Mary hopped a train and left town at age 13 to become a singer and dancer. She spent the 1920’s and 30’s performing in medicine and minstrel shows. During the 1940’s, Mary had diamonds removed from a bracelet and . . . Map (db m73736) HM
11West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — B&O Railroad Depot / Heritage Village
B&O Railroad Depot. Passenger station completed 1887, freighthouses 1890 with additions 1898, 1911 & 1916. B&O, oldest U.S. line, acquired in 1901. Superior location in business district gave B&O edge over C&O in city. Heritage Village. . . . Map (db m73740) HM
12West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Battle of GuyandotteFederal Retaliation
After capturing Guyandotte on November 10, 1861, and rounding up civilian Unionists and Federal recruits, Confederate forces under Col. John Clarkson and Col. Albert G. Jenkins began the next day to leave the town with their prisoners. At the same . . . Map (db m73715) HM
13West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Battle of Guyandotte"Massacre of the 9th Infantry"
When the Civil War began, few of Guyandotte’s residents were slaveholders, but many townspeople resented any infringement on their right as Virginians to own slaves. Guyandotte was reportedly the only town on the Ohio River that voted in favor of . . . Map (db m144784) HM
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14West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Cabell County Cavalcade1809-1959
This Tablet Erected to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Cabell County Formed from Kanawha County in 1809. Included Wayne, Mingo and parts of Logan, Boone, Putnam and Lincoln. Named in honor of Governor William H. Cabell of . . . Map (db m126799) HM
15West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Carter Godwin Woodson
Historian, author, educator. Founder of the Assoc. for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1915. Began Journal of Negro History, 1916. In 1926 began Negro History Week, later Black History Month. A graduate and later principal, Douglass H.S., . . . Map (db m73733) HM
16West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Chesapeake & Ohio 1308
The 1308, built in 1949, was one of the last working steam locomotives built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for a Class 1 railroad in the USA. It primarily hauled coal from Logan Co. Retired from C&O Railway service in 1956. Moved in September 1962 to . . . Map (db m60349) HM
17West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Courthouse Clock Tower Bell
The bell was cast by Meneely Bell Company, Troy, New York and shipped to Cabell County, WV, on May 18, 1901, weighing 1,506 pounds without fittings. Due to deterioration of the cupola which housed the bell, it was removed from the top of the . . . Map (db m208507) HM
18West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Elk River Coal & Lumber Company #10 Steam Locomotive
Built by American Locomotive Company in 1924, the #10 was used to haul mine waste from Rich Run Mine in Widen, WV. Retired from Elk River Coal and Lumber in 1959 and moved to its present location on May 27, 1977. Placed on National Register of . . . Map (db m62334) HM
19West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — First Cabell County Court House
This tablet marks the square where the First Cabell County Court House was erected in 1809. Dedicated in loving memory to my father and mother Mr. & Mrs. James Lewis Caldwell by Ouida Caldwell Watts, Ex-Regent Buford Chapter D.A.R., September 17, . . . Map (db m125942) HM
20West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Guyandotte
Indian name. Founded in 1810. Site chosen as county seat, 1809, and court first met here, October, 1810. Important point in river traffic, connecting with the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. Burned during the War between the States.Map (db m73705) HM
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21West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Huntington
Originally called Holderby’s Landing. Laid out as a town, 1869, by Collis P. Huntington of the C&O Railroad, and named for him when incorporated in 1871. Western end of C&O when the first trains came from Richmond in 1873.Map (db m126030) HM
22West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Huntington Mine Rescue Car
One of the original 7 US Bureau of Mines train cars was headquartered near C&O tracks, 1911–1933. The wooden car, with crew & supplies, traveled the WV region to give mine safety & rescue training and to aid in mine disaster rescue efforts. . . . Map (db m126017) HM
23West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — James River Company
George Washington was made president in 1785 of the James River Company. His plan of communication to the West eventually resulted in the construction of the Midland Trail, U.S. 60, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.Map (db m126041) HM
24West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — John Hunt Oley
Born 1830 in Utica, NY, Oley was in that state's National Guard and came to western Virginia in 1861 to drill Union troops. He rose to rank of brevet brigadier general by war's end. In 1871 Oley settled in Huntington and worked as land agent . . . Map (db m178145) HM
25West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — John MarshallChief Justice of the United States — 1801 - 1835 —
Revolutionary Soldier Definer of the Constitution Devoted husband and fatherMap (db m208574) HM WM
26West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — John S. Witcher
Born 1839 in Cabell County, Witcher was clerk of the court, and in 1862 he began distinguished service with the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry and was appointed brevet brigadier general by end of war. Served as state delegate, secretary of . . . Map (db m125938) HM
27West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Lavinia Norman, FounderAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Born on December 14, 1882, in Montgomery, WV. Lavinia Norman later attended Howard University in Washington, DC. In 1908, with eight other students, she founded Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest Greek-lettered organization for African American . . . Map (db m125986) HM
28West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Madie Carroll HouseSaved from Destruction
During the Civil War, this was the home of Mary Carroll, who narrowly managed to save it from destruction when much of Guyandotte was burned on November 11, 1861. After capturing the town on November 10, 1861, and rounding up civilian Unionists . . . Map (db m73708) HM
29West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall Memorial
In lasting remembrance of the members of the Marshall University Football Team, the coaches, staff, and devoted fans who died in the plane crash November 14, 1970. They shall live on in the hearts of their families and friends forever and this . . . Map (db m73731) HM
30West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall Memorial Boulevard
On November 14, 1970, a chartered jet crashed on approach to Tri-State Airport near Huntington, claiming the lives of seventy-five members of the Marshall University football team, coaches, fans, pilots & crew. This boulevard, named in honor of . . . Map (db m73729) HM
31West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall Memorial Boulevard
On November 14, 1970, a chartered jet crashed on approach to Tri-State Airport near Huntington, claiming the lives of seventy-five members of the Marshall University football team, coaches, fans, pilots & crew. This boulevard, named in honor of . . . Map (db m208449) HM
32West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall University
Named for John Marshall, Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court, 1801–1835. Founded as Marshall Academy, 1837, and chartered as Marshall College, 1858. Established as a state-supported institution, 1867. Granted university status, 1961.Map (db m125985) HM
33West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall University
Named for John Marshall, Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court, 1801–1835. Founded as Marshall Academy, 1837, and chartered as Marshall College, 1858. Established as a state-supported institution, 1867. Granted university status, 1961.Map (db m178150) HM
34West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — November 14, 1970
The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity lost five brothers in the plane crash that devastated the Marshall University football team: Starting Quarterback Ted Shoebridge and Offensive Linemen Jim Adams, Mike Blake, Pat Norrell, and Bob Patterson. To . . . Map (db m208664) HM
35West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — One Room School Museum
Union School, nicknamed "Punkin Center School," was located on Guyan Creek Road near Glenwood, Cabell County. Served grades 1 thru 8 from 1899 to 1955. Schoolhouse donated by Mrs. Bill (Tina) Bryan; relocation and renovation funded by Phil Cline. On . . . Map (db m23026) HM
36West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Raid on Guyandotte / Burning of Guyandotte
On the night of November 10, 1861, Confederate cavalry led by Colonels John Clarkson and Albert Jenkins raided the town of Guyandotte and surprised Union recruits of the 9th WV Infantry. Following a heated battle, Confederate soldiers . . . Map (db m125979) HM
37West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Revolutionary War Memorial1776 • 1941
This memorial dedicated to the memory of Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Cabell County James Cox • Adam Cron • Daniel Davis • John Everett • James Gillingwater • Thomas Laidley • Charles Love • John McComas • Lerose Merritt . . . Map (db m208541) HM WM
38West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Sixth Street Bridge Spire
This is one of four spires that crowned the old Sixth Street Bridge that spanned the Ohio River, connecting Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio. Business leaders, convinced that a bridge was essential, formed the Huntington-Ohio Bridge Company, and . . . Map (db m208551) HM
39West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — The Virginia State Road1787-1939
Authorized by an act of 1786 was extended in December 1787 from Richmond Va. past this point to the mouth of the Big Sandy River entering the city over Norway Avenue. By 1832 this road became the James River and Kanawha Turnpike opening west to . . . Map (db m73741) HM
40West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — The West Virginia Building
The West Virginia Building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m208555) HM
41West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated July 4, 1980 in memory of all veteransMap (db m208631) WM
42West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — War Between the States Generals / Spring Hill Cemetery
War Between the States Generals Two of seven War Between the States generals buried in W. Va. interred here: Albert Gallatin Jenkins, C.S.A., in Confederate plot; John Hunt Oley, Union, and over 200 soldiers. Confederate Monument dedicated in . . . Map (db m73730) HM
43West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — War of 1812 Memorial
In memory of those patriots from Cabell County West Virginia who served in the War of 1812.Map (db m126049) WM
44West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — We Are . . . Marshall
"We Are...Marshall" Memorial Bronze presented to Marshall University on the Eleventh day of November in the year 2000 as a tribute to those lost on November 14, 1970. The memorial will stand for all time as a symbol of community resilience . . . Map (db m208903) HM
45West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Welcome to West Virginia
Airborne Dedicated to the Paratroopers and Glidermen who have served our country in war and peace. This memorial donated by members of the 82nd all Airborne and Special Forces chapters of WVMap (db m74417) HM WM
46West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — West Virginia Colored Children's Home
Rev. Charles McGee chartered WV Normal Industrial School for Colored Orphans, 1899. Opened, Central City, 1900, moved to 190-acre farm near Huntington & Guyandotte R. Served African-American orphans and indigent. Bought, 1911, operated until 1956 . . . Map (db m73742) HM
47West Virginia (Cabell County), Milton — Harshbarger Corner
Survey of Milton began here in 1872 and post office was established in 1873. Founder, David Harshbarger, later lived on this lot. Named for Milton Reece, first postmaster and large landholder in vicinity. Town incorporated in 1876 with Captain J.R. . . . Map (db m73674) HM
48West Virginia (Cabell County), Milton — Mud River Covered Bridge
Erected in 1875 by order of the Cabell Co. Court. The contract was awarded to R.H. Baker, the local postmaster. This design was developed by bridge engineer William Howe in 1840. Length is 112 feet.Map (db m73675) HM
49West Virginia (Cabell County), Milton — Union Baptist Church
Church completed, 1849. Occupied during the War Between the States by a Federal garrison to protect the one-lane covered bridge, which was a vital link in the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. The soldiers left the Church in shambles. It has been . . . Map (db m178194) HM
50West Virginia (Cabell County), Ona — The Bryan Family
North of here (1826-28) lived John and Nancy Bryan, grandparents of William Jennings Bryan, the Great Commoner. They moved to Gallipolis Ferry where they died; John, 1834; Nancy in 1832. Buried nearby in the Yatesmont Cemetery.Map (db m125870) HM
51West Virginia (Cabell County), Salt Rock — Salt Rock
First White settlers came here from Giles County, Virginia, in pursuit of an Indian raiding party that had taken their horses. Permanent settlement established by 1800. McComas and Hatfield families were among first settlers. Thomas Ward produced . . . Map (db m178251) HM
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Dec. 6, 2022