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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kingwood, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Preston 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> Preston County, WV (107) Barbour County, WV (59) Grant County, WV (32) Monongalia County, WV (217) Taylor County, WV (50) Tucker County, WV (71) Garrett County, MD (133) Fayette County, PA (217)  PrestonCounty(107) Preston County (107)  BarbourCounty(59) Barbour County (59)  GrantCounty(32) Grant County (32)  MonongaliaCounty(217) Monongalia County (217)  TaylorCounty(50) Taylor County (50)  TuckerCounty(71) Tucker County (71)  GarrettCountyMaryland(133) Garrett County (133)  FayetteCountyPennsylvania(217) Fayette County (217)
Kingwood is the county seat for Preston County
Kingwood is in Preston County
      Preston County (107)  
      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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1West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — "Lest We Forget!"
This monument is dedicated to all Prestonians who served their country honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.Map (db m198733) WM
2West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — “The Pines”Frontiers to Mountaineers Heritage Tourism
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
3West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Camp DawsonEstablished 1909
Named in honor of Willliam M. O. Dawson Preston County 12th Chief Executive State of West Virginia 1905 - 1908Map (db m193776) HM
4West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — 182 — Izetta Jewel BrownRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Former home of actor and suffragist. Helped organize state support for the 19th Amendment with National Woman's Party, 1917-1920.Map (db m206557) HM
5West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — James C. McGrew
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
6West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Japanese tigertail spruce(Picea torano)
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
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7West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Kingwood
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
8West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Norway maple(Acer platanoides)
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
9West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Operation Desert Shield / Operation Desert Storm1990 - 1991
In appreciation of those Preston County service members who participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.Map (db m172717) WM
10West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Preston Academy
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
11West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Preston County Buckwheat Festival
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
12West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Preston County Civil War Monument
In memory of the Soldiers & Sailors of Preston County. 1861-1865Map (db m172683) WM
13West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Preston County CourthouseFrontiers to Mountaineers Heritage Tourism
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
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14West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Price's Tavern
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
15West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Priests Who Served The Catholic ChurchIn Kingwood, W. Va.
Patrick J. Browne 1914-16 Paul D. Othling 1917-33 Paul V. Helsley 1933-50 Joseph A. Brumfield 1950-80 Robert A. Perriello 1980-81 The Passionist Fathers 1981-Map (db m182684) HM
16West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Red Spruce(Picea rubens)
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
17West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Restoring the American Chestnut
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
18West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Rhododendron(Rhododendron spp.)
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
19West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — The Preston County Bell
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
20West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Veterans Memorial
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
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21West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — Vietnam Veterans MemorialWelcome Home Brothers and Sisters
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 allMap (db m177408) WM
22West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — White Ash(Fraxinus americana)
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
23West Virginia, Preston County, Kingwood — William G. Brown
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
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Mar. 29, 2023