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Grafton, West Virginia Historical Markers

 
Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown Marker image, Touch for more information
By Craig Swain, December 29, 2007
Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown Marker
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Dedicated to the Memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown
1861 - 1865 Dedicated to the memory of Thornsbury Bailey Brown Co. B. 2nd Va. Vol. Inf. First Union soldier killed in the Civil War. He lost his life on this spot May 22, 1861. Erected May 16, 1928 by Betsy Ross Tent No. 10 West Virginia . . . — Map (db m4547) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Federal Dam
Great dam built by the United States Government two miles south on the Tygarts Valley River River to control floods in the Monongahela Valley. It is 210 feet high and 1780 feet long. It forms a lake of over 4000 acres, 73 miles around. — Map (db m75029) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — GraftonRailroad Town — The First Campaign —
Grafton was a key transportation hub in Western Virginia. The Northwestern Virginia Railroad went to Parkersburg nearly 100 miles west. At Grafton, the Northwestern Virginia Railroad joined the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O). On the B&O, the . . . — Map (db m75015) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Grafton
William Robinson preempted Buffalo Flast, site of Grafton, in 1773. Here is the only National cemetery in the State. Former home of John T. McGraw, financier, and Melville Davisson Post, author. Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, lived here. — Map (db m75020) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Old Catholic Cemetery
About 500 graves of early Grafton settlers, dating 1857-1917, are in old cemetery located on land given by Sarah Fetterman to St Augustine Catholic Church. Headstones include names of Irish and German emigrants. Buried here is Thomas McGraw, . . . — Map (db m75019) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — The First CampaignCivil War Begins in the Mountains of (West) Virginia — The First Campaign —
West Virginia, born of a nation divided, was the setting for the first campaign of America's Civil War. Although still part of Virginia in 1861, many citizens of the west remained loyal to the Union, rather than the Confederacy. By late May, Union . . . — Map (db m75013) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — Valley Falls
Beauty spot six miles north of the boundary of Taylor and Marion counties where the Tygarts Valley River dashes through a mile-long gorge in a series of lovely falls and rapids. Included in the 1000-acre grant to Thomas Parkeson in 1773. — Map (db m75017) HM
West Virginia (Taylor County), Grafton — WebsterAnna Jarvis House
Webster Station was located on the Northwestern Virginia Railroad. Webster was a major supply depot and many warehouses were located here. It also served as a staging area for troops. This was the southernmost station on the railroad. During the . . . — Map (db m58701) HM

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