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West Virginia, Berkeley Springs, Town of Bath Lots Historical Markers

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 12, 2018
Bryan Fairfax, Thomas Bryan Martin, & George William Fairfax Marker
1West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Bryan Fairfax, Thomas Bryan Martin, & George William Fairfax — Lot #54
Bryan Fairfax, Thomas Bryan Martin, both Trustees, and George William Fairfax. By 1798, at least four of the five lots deeded to these three nephews of Thomas Sixth Lord Fairfax were owned by Ferdinando Fairfax, son of Bryan. Lot #54: . . . Map (db m117373) HM
2West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Bryan Fairfax, Thomas Bryan Martin, & George William Fairfax — Lot # 55
Bryan Fairfax, Thomas Bryan Martin, Trustees, and George William Fairfax. All three were nephews of Thomas Sixth Lord of Fairfax, owner of the "Northern Rappahannock Rivers. Bryan Fairfax was the next in line to become the Ninth Lord Fairfax, but . . . Map (db m117385) HM
3West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Capt. John Swann — Lot #12
Capt. John Swann of Washington County, Maryland. By 1798, Capt. Swann owned Lots #12, #13, #34 and #35. Lot #12: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Capt. John Swann, 1777.Map (db m117410) HM
4West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Charles Carroll — Lot #25
Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (see marker Lot #24). Carroll was a "squatter" in Bath and built a house here before the town was laid out and before he owned the land. The Signer, who later served in the . . . Map (db m117392) HM
5West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Charles Carroll — Lot #24
Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence who outlived all the other 55 signers. One of the most illustrious men in Maryland history, he turned the first spadeful of dirt to begin the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on . . . Map (db m117397) HM
6West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Charles Dick — Lot #44
Charles Dick, a merchant from Spotsylvania County, Va. He was associated with Fielding Lewis, owner of adjoining Lot #45, in manufacturing firearms for Revolutionary troops at a factory in Fredericksburg, Va. Lot #44: Conveyed by the . . . Map (db m117372) HM
7West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Charles Yates — Lot #33
Charles Yates of Spotsylvania County, Va. The Trustees declared it forfeited in 1796 and sold it to Andrew Buchannon. Lot #33: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Charles Yates, 1777.Map (db m117399) HM
8West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer / Robert Townsen Hose — Lot #4, Lot #5
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Lot #4 Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, a personal friend of George Washington. Jenifer was elected to the Continental Congress in 1778 and was one of three Maryland statesmen who signed the U.S. Constitution. He . . . Map (db m117396) HM
9West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Edward Lloyd — Lot #23
Edward Lloyd, a Maryland official called "the Patriot" because of his eminent service during the Revolutionary period. He was one of two Marylanders in the Congress of the Confederation during 1783-1784. The owner of vast landholdings in Talbot . . . Map (db m117401) HM
10West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Fielding Lewis — Lot #45
Fielding Lewis, who married George Washington's sister, Betty. He was appointed Chief Commissioner to superintend a factory in Fredericksburg, Va., to make small arms for the Virginia Revolutionary troops. Lewis used his own money to keep the . . . Map (db m117386) HM
11West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Frederick Conrad — Lot #75
Frederick Conrad, a tanner from Frederick County, Va. Frederick also bought Lot #68, which adjoins this lot, on the same day. Lot #75: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Frederick Conrad, August 19, 1777.Map (db m159452) HM
12West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Frederick Conrad / Robert Rutherford — Lot #68, Lot #69
Frederick Conrad Lot #68 Frederick Conrad, a tanner from Frederick County, Va. Conrad also bought Lot #75 which adjoins this lot. Lot #68: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Frederick Conrad, August 19, 1777. . . . Map (db m117408) HM
13West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Frederick Duckwall, Jr. — Lot #6
Frederick Duckwall, Jr. He sold it to George Dyche in 1794. After Dyche sold it to Samuel W. Barrett of Hampshire County, records show Duckwall owning it again by 1798. Lot #6: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Frederick . . . Map (db m117395) HM
14West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — George Dick — Lot #107
George Dick of Berkeley County. It was bought in 1786 by Robert Throckmorton, partner with James Rumsey (see marker Lot #97) at "The Liberty Pole and Flag" Inn, perhaps the most popular inn in Bath. Lot #107: Conveyed by the Trustees of . . . Map (db m117377) HM
15West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — George Irwin — Lot #89
George Irwin of York County, Pa., who later bought half of adjoining Lot #88. Irwin, a merchant, also bought Lot #46. A boarding house was located on this site during most of the early history of Bath. Lot #89: Conveyed by the Trustees of . . . Map (db m117384) HM
16West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Harry Dorsey Gough — Lot #35
Harry Dorsey Gough, a wealthy Marylander from Perry Hall and a patron of Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury. Rev. Asbury visited and preached in the Gough house while in Bath. Gen. Horatio Gates was later a resident but never owned the lot. Capt. John . . . Map (db m117391) HM
17West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Henry Whiting — Lot #96
Henry Whiting of Bath, a cousin of George Washington, who bought five lots the same day. He sold this one the following year to Robert Adams of Alexandria, Va. By 1798 his father-in-law, Col. John Carlyle of Alexandria, Va., owned all the lots . . . Map (db m117380) HM
18West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Henry Whiting / Angus McDonald / Jane and Katherine Dalton / Angus McDonald — Lot #57 / Lot #64 / Lot #56 / Lot #63
Henry Whiting Lot #57 Henry Whiting of Bath, a cousin of George Washington, who also bought Lots #95, #96, #120 and #121. All five lots were owned in 1798 by his father-in-law, Col. John Carlyle of Alexandria, Va. Carlyle was one of . . . Map (db m117374) HM
19West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Hugh Walker — Lot #83
Hugh Walker, a merchant from middlesex County, Va., who bought Lots #77, #82, #93, #94, and part of #30 the same day. The trustees declared it forfeited in 1804 and, along with #82, deeded it to Valentine Dyche. Lot #83, Conveyed by the . . . Map (db m159454) HM
20West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Hugh Walker — Lot #84
Hugh Walker, owner of other lots in the town, was one of the early owners. This was the site of the "Blue Goose" saloon in the 1890's and the early 1900's. Wooden rails used on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad before the advent of steel rails were . . . Map (db m159456) HM
21West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Hugh Walker — Lot #77
Hugh Walker, a merchant from Middlesex County, Va., and one of the largest landowners in the original town. He also owned Lots #82, #82, #84, #93 and #94, and was part-owner of Lots #20 and #30. Lot #77, Conveyed by the Trustees of the . . . Map (db m159461) HM
22West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — James Elliott — Lot #88
James Elliott, a merchant from Chambersburg, Pa. He sold half the lot to George Irwin of York County, Pa., and the other half to Charles Hederich of Berkeley County, Va. (now West Virginia), in 1780. Lot #88: Conveyed by the Trustees of . . . Map (db m117383) HM
23West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — James Muir — Lot #60
James Muir, a merchant from Alexandria, Va. A listing of lot owners in 1798 shows it belonging to James Mercer, a member of the Continental Congress, who owned lot #43. Lot #60: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to James Muir, . . . Map (db m117405) HM
24West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — James Smith — Lot #86
James Smith of York, Pa., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the Continental congress and a Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania militia. Smith was a leader in the Pennsylvania black country from the . . . Map (db m117382) HM
25West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — John Barns — Lot #13
. . . Map (db m117413) HM
26West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — John Donovan — Lot #130
John Donovan, a tavern keeper from Hancock, Maryland. He also purchased Lot #126, a site on which the town's first theater was built. Lot #130: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to John Donovan [no recorded date].Map (db m117371) HM
27West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — John Donovan / Andrew Pearce / Andrew Pearce — Lot #126 / Lot #125 / Lot #124
John Donovan Lot #126 John Donovan, a tavern keeper in Hancock, Maryland. A theatre was built on this lot in about 1777. "Well constructed" was the way a New Englander described the playhouse when he visited Bath in 1787. Lot . . . Map (db m159451) HM
28West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — John Ridout — Lot #32
John Ridout, Esq., of Annapolis, Md. James Smith owned it in 1779. Ridout was again the owner by 1798. Lot #32: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to John Ridout, 1777.Map (db m117403) HM
29West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — John Smith and John Philpot — Lot #22
John Smith and John Philpot, both of Baltimore, Maryland. Lot #22: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to John Smith and John Philpot, August, 1777.Map (db m117402) HM
30West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Joseph Booth — Lot #118
Joseph Booth of Berkeley County. In 1782 he sold it to Alpheus of Hampshire County, who owned other property in the town. Lot #118: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Joseph Booth, August 25, 1777.Map (db m117379) HM
31West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Judiah Higgins — Lot #117
Higgins, of Hampshire County, originally owned this lot.Map (db m117378) HM
32West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Lot owned by George Washington
George Washington, surveyor for Lord Fairfax, visited "ye fam'd warm springs" first, Mar. 17, 1748. Later he brought his family "to try the effect of the waters" in 1768. When "Ye Town of Bath" was incorporated in October 1776, Washington bought . . . Map (db m117310) HM
33West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Original Town of Bath Lots One and Two
The Town of Bath was plotted on land that had belonged to Thomas Lord Fairfax. These two lots were purchased on August 26, 1777, by six men on behalf of a German church. Although the original plan was to build a church and two houses on these lots, . . . Map (db m117409) HM
34West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Richard Graham — Lot #70
Richard Graham of Dumfries in Prince William County, Va. Gram sold half the lot and all of Lot #71 to Joseph Butler of Bath in 1784. Lot #70: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Richard Graham, August 23, 1777.Map (db m159460) HM
35West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Robert Brown — Lot #106
. . . Map (db m117376) HM
36West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Robert Carter Willis — Lot #37
Robert Carter Willis in 1779 deeded the lot to Alexander White (see marker Lot #38), one of the original Trustees of the Town of Bath. White was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the ablest lawyers in the United States and an outstanding . . . Map (db m117390) HM
37West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Robert Throckmorton, Jr. — Lot #26
Robert Throckmorton, Jr., of Berkeley County. The lot was purchased in 1858 by David Hunter Strother, who recorded much of the early history of Bath. Strother was an artist and writer who used the pen name "Porte Crayon". Lot #26: Conveyed . . . Map (db m117393) HM
38West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Sam Purviance / George Irwin — Lot #36 / Lot #46
Sam Purviance Lot #36 Sam Purviance, a merchant from Baltimore, Maryland. Michael Davis of Bath was listed as the owner in 1798 of this lot along with Lots #37 and #38. Lot #36: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Sam . . . Map (db m117387) HM
39West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Samuel Hughes — Lot #34
Samuel Hughes of Maryland. It was later purchased by Capt. John Swann, owner of adjoining Lot #35. Lot #34: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Samuel Hughes, 1777.Map (db m117398) HM
40West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Samuel Washington — Lot #42
Samuel was the brother of George Washington and one of the original 14 Trustees of the Town of Bath. In 1784, Throckmorton Washington sold Lot #15 to John Augustine Washington of Westmoreland County, Va. By 1798 it belong to George Washington's . . . Map (db m159459) HM
41West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Solomon Smith — Lot #105
Solomon Smith is is listed as one of the early owners. Lot #105: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Solomon Smith (no recorded date).Map (db m159448) HM
42West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Thomas Blackbourne — Lot #74
. . . Map (db m159453) HM
43West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Thomas Lawson and John Orr — Lot #47
Thomas Lawson of Prince William County, Va., and John Orr of Loudoun County, Va., co-owners of Lots #28 and #29. It was owned later by Philadelphia merchant Thomas Palmer, who also owned Lots #46 and #48.Map (db m117388) HM
44West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — William Herbert / Dr. John Meade Travers — Lot #62 / Lot #61
William Herbert Lot #62 William Herbert of Alexandria, Va. Herbert, who was born in Ireland, became President of the Alexandria Bank established in 1798 and served as Mayor of Alexandria from 1808 to 1810. He was an honorary pallbearer for . . . Map (db m117407) HM
45West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — William Ramsey and James Stuart — Lot #67
William Ramsey and James Stuart, both of Alexandria, Va. Ramsey was one of the trustees for the City of Alexandria and owned the first house built there after the sale of town lots in 1749. He married Ann McCarty Ball, a cousin of George Washington. . . . Map (db m117406) HM
46West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — William Weathers — Lot #3
William Weathers, a farmer and blacksmith from Berkely County. He sold half the lot in 1785, the other half in 1795, and bought the entire lot back before 1798. Weathers bought Lot #97 the same day. Lot #3: Conveyed by the Trustees of the . . . Map (db m117411) HM
47West Virginia (Morgan County), Berkeley Springs — Windel Freshour — Lot #16
Windel Freshour of Berkeley County. Lot #16: Conveyed by the Trustees of the Town of Bath to Windel Freshour, August 25, 1777.Map (db m117394) HM
 
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