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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ansted, West Virginia

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Fayetteville is the county seat for Fayette County
Ansted is in Fayette County
      Fayette County (120)  
      Greenbrier County (72)  
      Kanawha County (185)  
      Nicholas County (44)  
      Raleigh County (68)  
      Summers County (46)  
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1 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — "Contentment"
Built, 1830, on the old James River and Kanawha Turnpike. Restored antebellum home of Colonel George W. Imboden, on General Lee's staff, C.S.A. Property and headquarters of the Fayette County Historical Society, organized in 1926.Map (db m50392) HM
2 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — "Halfway House" Reported missing
Regular stop on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. The original building, dating from before the Revolution, was rebuilt by William Tyree, 1810. During the winter of 1861-62, it was headquarters for Chicago Gray Dragoons.Map (db m67013) HM
3 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — ContentmentHome of George W. Imboden
After the Civil War, George W. Imboden lived here with his wife, Mary Tyree, the daughter of William Tyree of Tyree Tavern. When the war began, Imboden enlisted in the Staunton Artillery in Augusta County, Virginia, where he then resided. He . . . Map (db m34371) HM
4 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Did You Know?
The Birdman of West Virginia When thinking of the early aviation history of the United States, many times we think of Dayton or Kitty Hawk. However, the town of Ansted also holds a very special place in the story, as it was the birthplace of . . . Map (db m173335) HM
5 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Hawk’s Nest
Once called Marshall’s Pillar for Chief Justice John Marshall, who came here, 1812. U.S. engineers declare the New River Canyon, 585 feet deep, surpasses the famed Royal Gorge. Tunnel for river makes vast water power here.Map (db m20675) HM
6 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Hawk’s Nest Tunnel
Mouth of the great Hawk's Nest Tunnel, three miles long, which diverts water of New River from its five-mile long gorge. The tunnel, a mile of which is through solid rock, and a 50-foot dam give waterfall of 160 feet for electric power.Map (db m34421) HM
7 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Hawks Nest Strike
Like many other areas of West Virginia, coal mining has played an important role in the history of Ansted and the surrounding area. Soon after the 1873 completion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, coal mines began springing up in the New River . . . Map (db m173339) HM
8 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster
In 1930 the Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation was in the process of building its new electrometallurgical plant in nearby Boncar (later known as Alloy). It was decided a hydroelectric power station would be constructed near Gauley Bridge with a . . . Map (db m173337) HM
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9 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — FA 1 — Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster
Construction of nearby tunnel, diverting waters of New R. through Gauley Mt. for hydroelectric power, resulted in state’s worst industrial disaster. Silica rock dust caused 109 admitted deaths in mostly black, migrant underground work force of . . . Map (db m34417) HM
10 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — History Around the Cupola
Eight panels mounted to the inside of the town gazebo depict some historical and notable features of the town. Panel 1 - Town of Ansted The town of Ansted, West Virginia chartered in 1891, was created because of coal. The town's . . . Map (db m173340) HM
11 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Jackson's Mother
In Westlake Cemetery is the grave of the mother of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The monument at the grave was placed by Captain Thomas Ranson, who had fought in Jackson's old brigade in the War between the States.Map (db m34376) HM
12 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — New Haven Veterans' MemorialVFW Post 7695
Proudly and humbly dedicated this Memorial to all who served our country; especially those who gave the ultimate sacrificeMap (db m34499) WM
13 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Salt Sand
The sheer cliffs of Nuttall sandstones forming the walls of the New River Gorge are the "Salt Sands" of the driller. These sands produce oil and natural gas in West Virginia and commercial brines on the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Sponsored . . . Map (db m34420) HM
14 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Tyree TavernConfederate and Union Headquarters
During his and Gen. Henry Alexander Wise’s unsuccessful Kanawha Valley campaign, Confederate Gen. John B. Floyd made his headquarters here, August 17-18, 1861, while Wise camped on the top of Big Sewell Mountain. In 1862, according to an inscription . . . Map (db m59937) HM
15 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — Westlake CemeteryBurial Place of Julia Jackson
This is one of the earliest identified cemeteries west of the Allegheny Mountains. William Tyree, owner of nearby Tyree Tavern, and Confederate Col. George W. Imboden, brother of Gen. John D. Imboden, are buried here. The cemetery is best known, . . . Map (db m173345) HM
16 West Virginia, Fayette County, Ansted — William Nelson Page
William Nelson Page became one of the leading managers and developers of West Virginia's coalfields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with much of his time being spent here in Ansted. While president of the Gauley Mountain Coal Company, . . . Map (db m173338) HM
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Sep. 23, 2023