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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Buckhannon, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Upshur 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> Upshur County, WV (49) Barbour County, WV (59) Harrison County, WV (63) Lewis County, WV (63) Randolph County, WV (104) Webster County, WV (18)  UpshurCounty(49) Upshur County (49)  BarbourCounty(59) Barbour County (59)  HarrisonCounty(63) Harrison County (63)  LewisCounty(63) Lewis County (63)  RandolphCounty(104) Randolph County (104)  WebsterCounty(18) Webster County (18)
Buckhannon is the county seat for Upshur County
Buckhannon is in Upshur County
      Upshur County (49)  
      Barbour County (59)  
      Harrison County (63)  
      Lewis County (63)  
      Randolph County (104)  
      Webster County (18)  
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1West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Buckhannon / Frontier Days
Buckhannon. Named for chief of Delaware Indians. John Jackson settled near in 1769. John Bush built a fort which was destroyed by Indians, 1782. A settlement which grew up there became the county seat of Harrison. W. Va. Wesleyan College is . . . Map (db m14417) HM
2West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — C.E. Mylius Building
In 1872 George H. Clark opened his saddler shop at this location. However in 1984, a fire swept through this block of Main Street, destroying most of the buildings including the one that stood here. Following the fire, C.E. Mylius built the . . . Map (db m178947) HM
3West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Carpenter Building 1923
Prior to 1892, a two story wood frame house stood here which was the residence of Gideon and Barbara Heavner. In 1892, the Heavner's sold the home and it was converted into a grocery store which was initially operated by J. Frank Latham and P.H. . . . Map (db m179014) HM
4West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Charles Burton "Charley" Harper
Charley Harper was born in neighboring Frenchton, Upshur County, West Virginia on August 4, 1922, the son of Orval Cecil Harper (1888-1958) & Ulna N. Harper (1889-1977). He was one of three children, who with sisters, Ruth & Reta, grew up on the . . . Map (db m178942) HM
5West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Crislip & Simpson Building
Half this block was originally owned by Leonard S. Farnsworth, grandson of Daniel Farnsworth. This was the site of his home and store until 1890, when he sold this property to John A. Crislip (born September 1849). In 1893, Crislip sold a half . . . Map (db m179011) HM
6West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — D. D. T. Farnsworth
Daniel Duane Tompkins Farnsworth was born in New York in 1819 and later moved to Buckhannon. Member of second Wheeling convention and Reorganized Government of Virginia. He was President of West Virginia Senate in 1869 when resignation . . . Map (db m173465) HM
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7West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Dairy Queen / Buckhannon City Hall
Dairy Queen Buckhannon's Oldest Fast Foodery The city's first introduction to a fast food franchise came with the 1954 opening of the Dairy Queen at 58 East Main Street, only fourteen years after the franchise began. The . . . Map (db m178971) HM
8West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Destruction at the CourthouseThe Raiders Strike — Jenkins's Raid —
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 soldiers, killed or . . . Map (db m58723) HM
9West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Explorations West of Blue Ridge / 8 East Main Street / Strawberry Festival 1936
Explorations of West Blue Ridge It is impossible to say when and where the first European settlers set foot on the soil of what is now West Virginia. In all probability no record was ever made of the first visit. It is well known that . . . Map (db m179016) HM
10West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — French Creek
Settled by colonists from New England. French Creek Academy was important early school. Asa Brooks started religious services here, 1816, from which grew the Presbyterian Church. Here, 1828, was formed early total abstinence society.Map (db m178895) HM
11West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — G.C. Murphy Company / G.O. Young Drug Store
G.C. Murphy Company Commonly known as the "Five and Dime," this former landmark business opened its doors in the early 1920s and moved to the location of present day Main Street Antiques in the 1930s. This novelty store offered a variety of . . . Map (db m178980) HM
12West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — George R. Latham
Born March 9, 1832, Latham opened a law office in Grafton, where he recruited a company of Union troops for his command in 1861. A delegate to the first Wheeling convention, he served as a U.S. congressman, 1865-67, and consul to . . . Map (db m173464) HM
13West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Gray Roscoe Barker
On May 2, 1925, in Riffle, West Virginia, located in neighboring Braxton County, was born one of the most prolific science fiction & supernatural authors in American history. Gray Barker graduated from Glenville State College, later teaching . . . Map (db m178909) HM
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14West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Harrison County
In 1784, Harrison County was formed from Monongalia by an Act of General Assembly. Commissioners who were to be members of the first county court met, as directed by the Assembly, at the home of George Jackson (an uncle of Stonewall Jackson) . . . Map (db m173488) HM
15West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Honor Roll
In memory of Upshur County Dead World War. Sgt. Frank B. Bartlett • Cpl. Arden A. Andrew • Pvt. Bryan L. Bennett • Cpl. Arthur D. Brady • Pvt. Oakey L. Bragg • Pvt. Andrew Buchanan • Pvt. Lloyd W. Carpenter • Pvt. Amon . . . Map (db m178952) WM
16West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — In Tribute to and in Memory of Buckhannon Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
Founded in 1924 to memorialize a new building constructed on this site in the year of 1950 dedicated to serve the community of Buckhannon for 57 years until the year of 2007. the Board of Directors of Progressive Bank N.A. and all their local . . . Map (db m178949) HM
17West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — J.A. Davis Ice Cream Parlor / 1894 Fire on West Main Street
J.A. Davis Ice Cream Parlor. J.A. Davis, a shoemaker from Albemarle, VA and his wife Anna were African American storeowners on Main Street, Buckhannon. Their business was established prior to 1893 and was located across from the courthouse. . . . Map (db m179017) HM
18West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Jenkins in BuckhannonThe Raiders Strike — Jenkins'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 soldiers, . . . Map (db m58725) HM
19West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Joyce S. Stockert
Mrs. Joyce E. Sullivan Stockert was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, on September 11, 1914, her parent being Leonard & Mary Ogden Turpin Sullivan. She later married Thomas L. Stockert, Jr., of Buckhannon. Mrs. Stockert once worked as a . . . Map (db m178898) HM
20West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Kiddy Building 1932
Prior to the construction of the building you see here today, this was the site of Levi Leonard's home. built around 1879 this 2-story wood frame structure (right hand side of top left picture) was situated prominently on the corner of . . . Map (db m178958) HM
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21West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Leonard Mactaggart "Pare" Lorentz
On December 11, 1905, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, was born one of the most acclaimed documentarians in American history. Pare Lorentz attended West Virginia Wesleyan College & resided here in Buckhannon during most of his childhood. He later . . . Map (db m178913) HM
22West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — McClellan's Buckhannon CampPrelude to Rich Mountain — The First Campaign —
(Preface): In the spring of 1861, Union forces rushed into northwestern Virginia to secure the vital Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, protect important turnpikes, and support Unionists against Confederates. The two sides fought numerous . . . Map (db m58724) HM
23West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Operation Desert Storm Memorial
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24West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Pringle Tree
To the east (1˝ miles), at the mouth of Turkey Run, stood the famous Pringle Tree, so-called because in the cavity of this old sycamore, John and Samuel Pringle, who had fled from Fort Pitt, lived two years.Map (db m173426) HM
25West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Pringle Tree
This hollow sycamore is the third generation tree that provided a home for the first settlers in this area of West Virginia. John and Samuel Pringle, after fleeing from Fort Pitt, lived here 1764–1767.Map (db m179506) HM
26West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Pringle Tree
This hollow sycamore is the third generation tree that provided a home for the first settlers in this area of West Virginia. John and Samuel Pringle, after fleeing from Fort Pitt, lived here 1764–1767.Map (db m184510) HM
27West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Reger Building 1900
The Reger Building was constructed about 1900 by Dr. Robert A. Reger and Margaret Maggie Tilloston Janney Reger. The land was originally owned by A.R. Ireland who in his will had it sold to Maggie's father, Tillitson Janney, since the property . . . Map (db m178961) HM
28West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Resting Place — Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike —
Heavner Cemetery is the final resting place of many notable West Virginians, including Daniel D. T. Farnsworth, West Virginia’s second governor; George R. Latham, Union Colonel and statesman; and Laura Jackson Arnold, revered Civil War nurse and . . . Map (db m173429) HM
29West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Shinn Building 1892
This is one of the oldest buildings in the Downtown Historic District. Luther P. Shinn purchased this land from Leonard S. Farnsworth in 1891 and completed the construction of this building in 1892. During a recent restoration, a brick with 1892 . . . Map (db m179009) HM
30West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Stockert Building / People's Grocery & Home Hardware
Stockert Building The largest commercial building on Main Street was built in 1908 for T.L. Stockert and was home to many businesses starting with The New Arlington Hotel, 1908-1910; People's Grocery, 1910-1973; Shinn & Sexton Department . . . Map (db m178969) HM
31West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Stockert Building 1904
Trading much of the southern portion of Staten Island for 3,500 acres of land in western Virginia, Daniel Farnsworth moved west and in the summer of 1821 settled on the banks of the Buckhannon River with his wife and five sons. Leonard Farnsworth, . . . Map (db m179007) HM
32West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Strawberry Festival / Tillotson Janney House
Strawberry Festival. In May, 1936 a small group of individuals interested in economic development met at a Lions Club gathering in the old Valley Hotel (site of present day Chase Bank) on Main Street to discuss ways of increasing the . . . Map (db m178963) HM
33West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — The Bassel HouseThe Columns Unite — 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 against the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Taking separate routes, they later reported . . . Map (db m58722) HM
34West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — The Bicentennial Sycamore TreeJune 1917
The sycamore tree is very significant to Buckhannon-Upshur lore. School children here early on in their studies come to learn about—and our community’s residents are nearly universally familiar with—the legend of John & Samuel Pringle living in the . . . Map (db m179573) HM
35West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — The History CenterSouthern Methodist Church Building — 81 West Main Street —
81 West Main Street, The History Center, est. 1983, by The Upshur County Historical Society, built, 1853 as the Southern Methodist Church Building. During the night of August 30, 1862, Civil War action in the form of Jenkins’ . . . Map (db m14182) HM
36West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — The Lurch BenchTheodore Crawford "Ted" Cassidy AKA "Lurch"
Did you know that Ted Cassidy who played the beloved role of "Lurch" the butler on the classic, cult comedy television show "The Addams Family" that aired from 1964-66, used to walk the streets of our Buckhannon as a West Virginia Wesleyan . . . Map (db m178976) HM
37West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — The Pringle Tree
Near this spot stands The Pringle Tree named for John and Samuel Pringle, the first settlers of this section of West Virginia who lived in a hollow sycamore tree 1764–1767.Map (db m179579) HM
38West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — The West Virginia Strawberry Festival
Rooted in the Great Depression, the first Central Strawberry Festival was held June 3, 1936, in an effort to promote growers from central WV. Organizers hoped to facilitate networking of farmers with outside distributors, to encourage . . . Map (db m173489) HM
39West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Upshur County Courthouses / Rainbow Restaurant
Upshur County Courthouses. Built in 1899, the current courthouse structure replaced the original 1854 structure on the same site. Upshur County was formed in 1851 and Buckhannon was named the County Seat. The first building served as a . . . Map (db m178954) HM
40West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Upshur County Veterans War Dead Memorial
Freedom Is Not Free I saw the flag pass by one day, It fluttered in the breeze, A young marine saluted it, And then he stood at-ease; I looked at him in uniform, So young, so tall, so proud; With hair cut square an eyes alert, . . . Map (db m173472) WM
41West Virginia, Upshur County, Buckhannon — Veterans Memorial
☆ In Honor ☆ Dedicated to the veterans of Upshur County who served their country in war and peace.Map (db m178950) WM
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Jan. 28, 2023