Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kingwood, West Virginia
Kingwood is the county seat for Preston County
Kingwood is in Preston County
Preston County(107) ► ADJACENT TO PRESTON COUNTY Barbour County(59) ► Grant County(32) ► Monongalia County(217) ► Taylor County(50) ► Tucker County(71) ► Garrett County, Maryland(133) ► Fayette County, Pennsylvania(217) ►
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The home of Charles Clark and Persis Hagans McGrew was built in 1841, with additions in 1869. The building reflects the Federal and Italianate architectural styles and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. James McGrew . . . — — Map (db m34620) HM
Born in 1813, James McGrew was a Preston County businessman who served as a Pro-Union advocate in the Richmond Convention of 1861. His calls for Union loyalty helped create the statehood movement in WV. He served in the state's first legislatures . . . — — Map (db m172107) HM
This spruce is native only to Japan where it grows on the slopes of volcanoes.
Its common name is derived from the hanging branchlets of older trees. Cones hang upside down and are 3 to 4 inches long. Their needles are known for their . . . — — Map (db m204791) HM
Named for grove of big trees. Southeast is Dunkard Bottom, settled by Thomas Eckarly, 1754. Near by during Indian raids in 1778 and 1788, many settlers were killed. Martin Wetzel and William Morgan, noted frontier scouts, had narrow escapes. — — Map (db m156321) HM
Norway maple is native to western Europe, Scandinavia, and eastern Asia.
It was introduced to North America in the mid-1700s as a shade tree. It tolerates poor soils, compaction, and pollution much better than the native sugar maple. . . . — — Map (db m204790) HM
Incorporated as an educational institution by Act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1841, the Preston Academy building was completed by 1844 and served this purpose until 1875, when it was converted to a private residence. When fire destroyed . . . — — Map (db m198831) HM
The first Buckwheat Festival was held in Kingwood on October 13, 14 and 15, 1938. It was sponsored by the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department. The General Chairman was Harry Brindle.
On this site, the first king and queen of the Festival were . . . — — Map (db m207206) HM
First settled in 1807, Kingwood was named for the grove of trees located where the courthouse now stands. On January 19, 1818, the Commonwealth of Virginia created Preston as its 35th county. Kingwood from its beginning has served as the territorial . . . — — Map (db m34619) HM
Preston County was formed in the east upstairs bedroom of Price's Tavern in April, 1818, and named for James Patton Preston, governor of Virginia, 1816-1819. Tavern built prior to 1810, served as an inn until 1882. — — Map (db m34598) HM
Also known as West Virginia spruce, this tree is native to New England and the higher elevations of the Appalachians.
In West Virginia, these trees were logged extensively in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Restoration efforts are now . . . — — Map (db m202619) HM
The magnificent American chestnut tree (Castanea dentata) once dominated 200 million acres of the eastern United States.
Many uses of wood from these trees supported the U.S. economy and our way of life.
Chestnuts were a primary . . . — — Map (db m204752) HM
Rhododendrons are found in Asia, the Pacific Northwest, California, and the northeastern U.S.
Rhododendron maximum, also called great laurel or rosebay rhododendron, is West Virginia's state flower.
The large flowers grow in clusters . . . — — Map (db m201470) HM
In 1870, this bronze bell was cast at the Meneely Bell Foundry in West Troy, NY to mark the end of the United States Civil War.
The rededication of this bell now marks the bicentennial of the creation of Preston County, . . . — — Map (db m172684) HM WM
Some Gave All
Dedicated to all men
and women who served
their country and to those
veterans who gave their lives
in defense of freedom
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Erected by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 826 and its Auxiliary
November . . . — — Map (db m172756) WM
Never again will one generation of Veterans abandon another
In honor of all Preston County Vietnam Veterans who served during or remain missing in the Vietnam War
All gave some - Some gave all — — Map (db m177408) WM
Once, tall and stately white ash trees stood here until they were killed by the emerald ash borer, which was accidentally introduced from Asia in 1990. Today, only stump sprouts are left.
The common name is derived from the whitish underside . . . — — Map (db m204782) HM
Born in Kingwood, 1800. Served in Virginia House of Delegates and Congress before war. Delegate to 1850-51 constitutional convention. 1860 Democtratic convention, and 1861 Richmond convention. In 1860, he was again elected to Congress, and he was . . . — — Map (db m156326) HM