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By John Swank, September 15, 2012
Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society Marker
Ohio (Adams County), Bentonville — 10-1 — Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society
Originally a vigilante group, the Anti-Horse Thief Society was formed here in March 1853 by area landowners to recover stolen horses and prosecute the thieves. Horse theft was a serious offense in the antebellum era. Trustees nominated a captain and . . . — Map (db m59584) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Cherry Fork — 3-1 — Covenanter Church1804
In 1804, a group of Scotch-Irish Covenanters from Rockbridge County, Virginia, erected a log church on this location. In 1805, they organized the Cherry Fork Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Two brick churches were also built on this . . . — Map (db m133853) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Locust Grove — 14 — Locust GroveAbandoned to the Rebels — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
On the night of July 15, 1863, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders set up camp along a seven-mile stretch between the villages of Jacksonville and Locust Grove. The following morning, General Morgan rode into Locust . . . — Map (db m108260) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Manchester — Buckeye Station
One half mile north of this monument the home of Gen. Nathaniel Massie, founder of Manchester in 1791, first settlement in the Virginia Military District. Residence of Charles Willing Byrd, Secretary and Acting Governor, Northwest Territory and . . . — Map (db m45344) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Manchester — 13-1 — Israel Donalson / Manchester Founders CemeteryMember of the First Constitutional Convention of Ohio / 1791-1888
Israel Donalson, member of the First Constitutional Convention of Ohio. In May 1800, Congress passed an act building the Northwest Territory, with the western division becoming Indiana Territory and the eastern called the Territory of the . . . — Map (db m136539) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Manchester — 17-1 — Manchester
Manchester was founded in 1791 by Nathaniel Massie as a base to survey the land warrants of American Revolutionary War soldiers in the Virginia Military District. This bank of the Ohio River provided a secure site for the last civilian stockade . . . — Map (db m136536) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Manchester — 11-1 — Manchester, OhioFirst Settlement, Virginia Military District
In 1784, the state of Virginia ceded all of its Northwest Territory to the federal government except for this tract to satisfy the land bounties owed to its Revolutionary War soldiers. The Virginia Military District extended from the Scioto River . . . — Map (db m136532) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Manchester — 4-1 — Massie’s Station1791
Massie’s Station, built in 1791, was the fourth permanent settlement center in Ohio and the last stockade settlement built in Ohio. It provided protection from the Indians for Manchester’s settlers until 1794. Manchester was . . . — Map (db m136537) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Peebles — 1-5 — Adams County Mineral Springs
Medicinal value of springs promoted by Charles Matheny, 1840. First hotel built 1864 and resort named Sodaville. Under ownership of General Benjamin Coates, 1888–91, Smith Grimes 1891–08, and J. W. Rogers 1908–20. Mineral Springs . . . — Map (db m132963) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Peebles — Cairn of Peace
First plaque Cairn of Peace dedicated at World’s Conservation Exposition and 5th World Plowing Contest September 19- 20, 1957

Second plaque These competitors were in the World Plowing Matches Peebles, Ohio . . . — Map (db m121814) HM

Ohio (Adams County), Peebles — 6-1 — Peebles
Platted in 1881 by Isaiah Custer on the junction of old Zane's Trace (1796-97) and the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (1881). Incorporated 1886. Named after John G. Peebles, Portsmouth, Ohio businessman. David Nixon constructed the first house in town . . . — Map (db m108198) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Peebles — 15-1 — Serpent Mound
One of North America’s most spectacular effigy mounds, Serpent Mound is a gigantic earthen sculpture representative of a snake. Built on a spur of rock overlooking Ohio Brush Creek around 1000 A.D. by the Fort Ancient culture, the earthwork . . . — Map (db m135289) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Peebles — 2-1 — Wickerham Inn1800-01
The inn was built 1800-01 by Peter Wickerham, a Revolutionary War veteran. It was used as an overnight stagecoach stop and tavern on Zane's Trace until ca. 1850. Runaway slaves were hidden here when the "Underground Railroad" was in operation. . . . — Map (db m108129) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Rome — 8-1 — Rome(Stout Post Office)
A thriving riverport in the 19th Century founded in 1835 by William Stout. Elisha Stout, son of William, born and raised here, was one of the founding fathers of Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. Former site of Adamsville which served as the . . . — Map (db m73138) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Seaman — 7-1 — Seaman
Founded 1887 by John Q. Roads on the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (1881) and the Old West Union Road (1807). Incorporated 1911. Named after Franklin Seaman who donated land to the railroad for a station. Home of Will Rogers, "The Black King of the . . . — Map (db m108200) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — Adams County Heritage Center
This structure erected 1835 as Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Congregation organized in 1812. Many members active participants in Underground Railroad. Church closed 1894. Oscar C. Roebuck operated mortuary here 1909 ’till 1936. Then used . . . — Map (db m135304) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — 1-1 — Bradford Tavern1804
The Bradford Tavern, West Union’s first inn built circa 1804, served the Maysville-Zanesville stagecoach route and such travelers as Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and Santa Anna. After 1840, it was continued as the Marlatt House and, later, the . . . — Map (db m135307) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — 18-1 — Cowboy Copas / The Oklahoma Cowboy
Country music writer and recording star Lloyd Estel Copas was born on July 15, 1913 on Moon Hollow near Blue Creek in Adams County, Ohio. Reared by musical parents, he learned to play the guitar and fiddle at an early age and began a singing . . . — Map (db m135306) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — 12-1 / 115 — First Presbyterian ChurchThomas Kirker — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —
side A First Presbyterian Church The First Presbyterian Church of West Union, built in 1810, is known as the "Church of the Governors." Although the date is uncertain, the congregation was organized circa 1800 on Thomas Kirker's land on . . . — Map (db m122227) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — 14-1 — Lafferty Funeral Collection
The William Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection shows the development of the funeral business since the mid-1800s through an exhibit of caskets, funeral clothing, and hearses collected and preserved by James William . . . — Map (db m135347) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — 19-1 — Pioneer County Seat / Camp Hamer
A short distance south of Zane’s Trace, West Union was established by an act of the Ohio Legislature on April 13, 1803, as the seat of Adams County. West Union was surveyed in the spring of the following year, and became important stagecoach . . . — Map (db m135312) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — 16-1 — West Union Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church / Reverend John Graham
Members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church settled in Adams County as early as 1797. The West Union congregation was organized in 1812, and a lot was purchased for the construction of a public house of worship. This brick church, . . . — Map (db m135303) HM
Ohio (Adams County), West Union — Zane TraceTreber Inn — Asahel Eddington —
Ohio’s first highway and mail route authorized by Congress 1796 marked and cleared in 1797 by Col. Ebenezer Zane a blazed trail, it became the route of the old stage line from Maysville to Wheeling used by noted statesmen to and from the . . . — Map (db m121836) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Winchester — 13 — WinchesterCapturing the Daily Stagecoach — John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail —
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders galloped into Winchester about 8:30 am on July 15, 1863. The rebels immediately began searching businesses and private residences for firearms, food, horses and anything else that . . . — Map (db m108236) HM
Ohio (Adams County), Winchester — 9-1 — Winchester, Ohio – 1815 / Morgan’s Raid – 1863
Winchester, Ohio. Founded November 8, 1815 by General Joseph Darlinton and named for his Virginia birthplace. Winchester was incorporated in 1864 and later became the eastern terminus of the Cincinnati and Eastern Railway (1877-1880). The . . . — Map (db m133890) HM

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