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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jackson County, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Jackson 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> Jackson County, WV (25) Kanawha County, WV (165) Mason County, WV (94) Putnam County, WV (25) Roane County, WV (19) Wirt County, WV (13) Wood County, WV (114) Meigs County, OH (56)  JacksonCounty(25) Jackson County (25)  KanawhaCounty(165) Kanawha County (165)  MasonCounty(94) Mason County (94)  PutnamCounty(25) Putnam County (25)  RoaneCounty(19) Roane County (19)  WirtCounty(13) Wirt County (13)  WoodCounty(114) Wood County (114)  MeigsCountyOhio(56) Meigs County (56)
Ripley is the county seat for Jackson County
Adjacent to Jackson County, West Virginia
      Kanawha County (165)  
      Mason County (94)  
      Putnam County (25)  
      Roane County (19)  
      Wirt County (13)  
      Wood County (114)  
      Meigs County, Ohio (56)  
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1West Virginia (Jackson County), Cottageville — Cottageville
Michael Coleman, member of a hunting party from frontier fort at Belleville, was killed and scalped by the Indians at this point about 1793. Near by at Mill Creek Falls, Benjamin Wright build an early power flour mill.Map (db m124884) HM
2West Virginia (Jackson County), Kenna — Kenna
Post Office established here July 1, 1880, with Grandville P. Morrison as first postmaster. Named in honor of John Edward Kenna (1848-1893), member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1879-1883), and later elected to the U.S. Senate (1883-93). . . . Map (db m73672) HM
3West Virginia (Jackson County), Leon — Jackson County / Mason County
Jackson County Formed in 1831 from Mason, Kanawha and Wood. Named for General Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. Jesse Hughes, noted Indian fighter, spent declining years in this county where he is buried. . . . Map (db m189747) HM
4West Virginia (Jackson County), Ravenswood — Coleman Chapel
Erected in 1860 on land donated by Thomas Coleman, who donated half of building cost. Family and community members donated the balance. Service June 22, 1860. Deeded to Methodist Episcopal Church South. During the Civil War, Union Home Guard . . . Map (db m189754) HM
5West Virginia (Jackson County), Ravenswood — Daniel Frost
Born in 1819, Frost was editor of Jackson County’s first newspaper, The Virginia Chronicle, which was burned in 1862 during Jenkins Raid for its pro-Union stance. He served as Speaker of the House for the Restored Government of Virginia, . . . Map (db m124351) HM
6West Virginia (Jackson County), Ravenswood — Hillside Plow
Used in WV, late 1800's to early 1900's Quote
Plow tills soil to grow vegetation. Education tills the mind to grow knowledge. God's Word tills your faith in Christ unto salvation. By: Don C. Sayre . . . Map (db m189753) HM
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7West Virginia (Jackson County), Ravenswood — RavenswoodSpringboard for Invasion — Jenkin's Raid —
(Preface): Confederate Gen. Albert G. Jenkins led 550 cavalrymen on a 500-mile raid from Salt Sulphur Springs, Aug. 22-Sept. 12, 1862, attacking Federal forces and destroying military stores. He captured and paroled 300 Union . . . Map (db m39627) HM
8West Virginia (Jackson County), Ravenswood — Ravenswood / Ohio River Ford
Ravenswood. These lands were surveyed, 1771, for George Washington by Colonel William Crawford, who later was taken captive by the Indians and burned at the stake. Washington camped here in 1770. Here is grave of Jesse Hughes, noted scout. . . . Map (db m39625) HM
9West Virginia (Jackson County), Ravenswood — Russell Eugene Harmon Memorial
S1 US Navy World War II Nov 16 1923 † Aug 17 2003 Map (db m189749) WM
10West Virginia (Jackson County), Ravenswood — Washington’s Land
Westward lies the Millwood Tract of 4,395 acres patented by George Washington on December 15, 1772, based on a survey made in June 1771. It bordered on the Ohio River above the Great Bend for “file miles and 700 poles.”Map (db m124517) HM
11West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Brother Harry Ripley
Brother Harry Ripley was a circuit-riding minister for the Methodist church. According to legend, he had planned to wed a local girl and build the first church in the community. Tragedy struck, however, when he drowned in Mill Creek with their . . . Map (db m10915) HM
12West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Civil War Memorial
Erected 1915 in memory of Federal soldiers War 1861-5 Map (db m178577) WM
13West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park
In honor of veterans World War I April 6, 1917 Nov. 11, 1918 In honor of veterans Panama Dec. 17, 1989 Jan. 3, 1900 In honor of veterans peace time Mar. 1, 1908 present . . . Map (db m178568) HM
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14West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Partisan RaidRipley Post Office
During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate supporters formed guerrilla bands. Each government denounced the other side’s partisans as bushwhackers or common thieves but gave those on their own side an official military designation as cover. . . . Map (db m73647) HM
15West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Pfost-Greene Murders / Last Public Execution
On November 3, 1897, John Morgan murdered Chloe Greene and two of her three children, James Greene and Matilda Pfost. Daughter Alice Pfost managed to escape despite being wounded during the attack. G.W. Shamblen captured Morgan who was tried . . . Map (db m124858) HM
16West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Raid on Ripley
At around 9 p.m. on December 19, 1861, a party of armed Confederate guerillas known as the Moccasin Rangers captured Ripley and broke into the post office, seizing its contents. The Rangers also robbed a store, stole private possessions, and took . . . Map (db m178585) HM
17West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — RipleyMcGrew / Hood Grist Mill — The Blue and Gray Trail —
In 1824 Jacob Sturdier built the first grist mill in Ripley along Mill Creek. In 1853, Jacob Sayre sold the mill to John McGrew who came to Jackson County in 1844. The McGrew mill building was a structure of about 40 ft. by 30 ft. and was . . . Map (db m11426) HM
18West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — RipleyJackson County Courthouse — The Blue and Gray Trail —
Jackson County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly on March 1, 1831, and named in honor of President Andrew Jackson. The first courthouse on this site was a brick structure. The land for the courthouse square was donated by Jacob . . . Map (db m11439) HM
19West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Ripley
Established in 1832 on land which was settled by William John and Lewis Rogers in 1768 and later acquired by Jacob and Ann (Staats) Starcher. Near here lived Capt. William Parsons who was active in the early life of Jackson County.Map (db m73650) HM
20West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — RipleyJackson County Court House — The Blue and Gray Trail —
Jackson County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly on March 1, 1831 and named for President Andrew Jackson. The first courthouse was a brick structure. The land for the courthouse square was donated by Jacob Starcher, one of the . . . Map (db m178574) HM
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21West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — RipleyMcGrew / Hood Grist Mill — The Blue and Gray Trail —
In 1824, Jacob Starcher built the first grist mill in Ripley, along Mill Creek. In 1853, Jacob Sayre sold the mill to John McGrew, who came to Jackson County in 1844. The McGrew Mill building was a structure of about 40 ft. by 30 ft. and was . . . Map (db m178575) HM
22West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — Staats Mill Covered Bridge
Built in 1887 over Tug Fork of Mill Creek and named for Enoch Statts' mill. Jackson Co. Court paid local builder H.T. Hartley $904 to erect "Long" truss wooden superstructure. Total cost of original 97 ft. bridge with stone abutments and approaches . . . Map (db m73652) HM
23West Virginia (Jackson County), Ripley — The Casto HoleServing Opposite Sides
Although western Virginia eventually separated from the original state to form West Virginia and join the Union, many residents of the new state supported the Confederacy. Many others served the Union, while still others wished to avoid contact with . . . Map (db m73651) HM
24West Virginia (Jackson County), Sherman — Battle of Buffington Island
As General John H. Morgan’s raid into Indiana and Ohio came to a close, he tried to cross the Ohio River into WV. Reaching the Buffington Island ford late on July 18, 1863, he waited until the 19th to cross. Union troops and gunboats . . . Map (db m143871) HM
25West Virginia (Jackson County), Staats Mill — Staats Mill Bridge
Raised in 1887 by order of Jackson County Court under presidency of George W. Shinn. Local builder H.T. Hartley erected the wooden superstructure at a cost of $904. Stone abutments were built by Quincy and Grim, local masons, at a cost of $710. . . . Map (db m73653) HM
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Dec. 6, 2022