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Old 05-11-2009, 12:50 PM   #331
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Sir Johns Run



Marker is at the intersection of West Virginia Route 9 and Sir John Run Road, Morgan County WV, on the right when traveling west on State Route 9.

Sir Johns Run formerly served on the old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad mainline as an early passenger station for Berkeley Springs. Today it is primarily a residential community of Berkeley Springs accessible by Sir Johns Run Road (County Route 3). Sir Johns Run had its own post office in operation from 1850 to 1938. Today, the stream and its namesake hamlet are a site on the Washington Heritage Trail.

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Old 05-11-2009, 01:40 PM   #332
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Bloomery Iron Furnace / Bloomery Gap Skirmish





Marker is on Bloomery Pike (West Virginia Route 127), on the right when traveling west from Bloomery.



All the iron furnaces from Georgia to Maine were called bloomeries, and that’s how Bloomery got its name. Bloomery was chosen as a site for an iron furnace because it offered water and elevation behind the furnace to keep the water flowing. Bloomery Run made this area what it was. A flume brought water from the dam near the old school to the furnace to supply the power. Located near the iron furnace was a company store and school which still remain today. The store probably supplied salt pork, flour, cloth and shoes. My father attended the school when he was about 9 or 10 years old, and my wife’s aunt taught there. Some of the students were older than her. Glenwood Johnson, furnace property owner and local history buff




I had to make two trips to get this dual marker right. I spent some time trying to locate the Bloomery Gap Skirmish marker. As you can see, the Bloomery Furnace marker is on "posted land". I wrote the Bloomery Gap Skirmish marker off as MIA. A few nights later a "DUH" thought crossed my mind...What is on the back side of that Bloomery Furnace marker? Sho' 'nuff. Went back, and for the good of the team I jumped the fence and found what was missing. Duh.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:07 PM   #333
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Fort Edwards



Marker is located in Capon Bridge, Hampshire County WV 100 yards west of the Cacapon bridge on the north side of the road.



The Fort Edwards site is located on Coldstream Rd


More information on Fort Edwards: http://www.fortedwards.org/ftedhome.htm

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Old 05-11-2009, 07:39 PM   #334
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Mount Bethel Church



This marker is located on Jersey Mountain Road, Three Churches, Hampshire County WV, at the front of Mount Bethel Church.



Originally known as Jersey Mountain, Three Churches was renamed for the three historic white wooden churches located there: Mount Bethel Church, Mount Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, and Branch Mountain United Methodist Church.

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Old 05-11-2009, 07:55 PM   #335
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High Knob



Marker is on US 220 (northbound) south of Hickory Hill Road, near Hampshire-Hardy border in Hampshire County WV



Geologically, High Knob is a summit of Mill Creek Mountain. It has an elevation of 2612 feet.
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Romney Markers Hampshire County WV









These markers are located in the front of the Hampshire County Court House, intersection of Rt 50 and Rt 28 in Romney, WV.





This marker is on Rt 50 on the west end of Romney.





Stone shrine on the cemetery grounds. Inside is this plaque



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Capon Springs



This marker is located near the intersection of Rt 259 and WV 16 in Hampshire County WV



Originally known as Frys Springs after its discoverer Henry Frye, and later established as the Town of Watson. On December 12, 1787, the town was renamed for its medicinal spring. The springs were believed to carry such healing power that half an acre sold for $900 in gold in the late 18th century. After West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1863, it had to pay Virginia for the loss of the springs during Reconstruction. The historic Capon Springs and Farm Resort is located here and is listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places.
Herman Guy Kump (1877-1962), 19th Govenor of West Virginia, was born in Capon Springs.

The original spring spa at Capon Springs Resort


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Old 05-12-2009, 07:33 AM   #338
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Fort Sellers



This marker is located on Rt 28 one mile north of Short Gap, Mineral County WV.



Fort Sellers was one of a chain of four forts protecting the frontier. Fort Ohio was the first in the chain with Fort Sellers being the second and Fort Ashby and Fort Cocke being the outermost forts.
The dimensions of this fort are not known, but it was most likely similar in size to Fort Ashby, the stockade being 90ft square.
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:08 AM   #339
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Fort Ashby



This marker is located at the Fort on Dans Run Rd, Fort Ashby, Mineral County WV.






The town of Fort Ashby was not so named until 1932. Before that, it was called Frankfort, with a post office name of Alaska.
A factor in the survival of Fort Ashby, or the portion remaining, was its use as a dwelling. Through the years, several families lived in it.
The last owner was about to tear it down when the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Keyser bought it on July 28, 1927. The old fort was temporarily saved, but sat virtually in ruins until the Works Progress Administration, with technical supervision by the National Park Service, began restoration under an order signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt on Sept. 14, 1938. Fort Ashby was then owned by the Mineral County Court, the DAR relinquishing it so that federal funds could be made available. The fort was returned to the DAR about five years later and opened to the public on July 4, 1939.


This marker is located at the intersection of RT 28 and Dans Run in Fort Ashby in front of the Fort Ashby Fire Dept.




French is not the native tongue for most West Virginia hillbillies. But it might have been.
A major reason it is not was a chain of crude log forts built in the middle of the 18th century along the eastern edge of what is now West Virginia.
More than a score of these forts were built, this being the only intact example supported by its original timbers. Fort Ashby is the only such veteran of the old Indian wars still standing in West Virginia.
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Washington's Host



Marker is located at the intersection of Rt 46 and Patterson Creek Rd, Mineral County WV

In his Journal of My Journey Over the Mountain, young George Washington mentioned Abram Johnstone as living "15 Miles from the Mouth" of the Creek. [Pattersons Creek] The party camped at Johnstone's overnight and the next day travelled up the Creek to the settlement of "Solomon Hedges Esqr one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the County of Frederick where we camped . . . ." Hedges lived at the site of the present Fort Hill Farm, about three miles south of Burlington.
The Great Neck Grant Book, which lists the land grants of Lord Fairfax's holdings, shows a grant in fee, or forever to a Abraham Johnson; that is, it could be deeded, willed, inherited, assigned, etc. in accordance with English law, subject only to the payment of certain recording fees and the initial "composition money" of ten shillings per one hundred acres, plus the annual quitrent of two shillings per hundred acres, payable to the Proprietors of the Northern Neck "Yearly and every Year on the Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel . . . ".
Lot No, 5, granted to Abram Johnson, was the scene of Washington's first overnight camp on Pattersons Creek when he accompanied Genn's surveying party in 1748. Johnson then, or soon thereafter, had a mill nearby. In 1790 he sold 219 acres, and probably the mill to William Reese. This may be the origin of the name of the Reeses Mill community. In 1795 George Reese sold 352 acres on Johnsons Run to John Daton. Name spellings as were found in searched documents



It appears that this marker has been hit high up, possibly by a truck short-turning the corner. An attempt to straighten the sign indicated that the attempt may snap the sign off, so I left it as is.
I put some effort into locating the ruins of the Abraham Johnson home site. The marker indicates the ruins are at Reeses Mill, which is south of the marker. I had no luck locating these ruins. I will edit this post if I succeed in locating them.
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Don Redman



This marker is located on Rt 46 in Piedmont, Mineral County WV at the bridge that crosses into Westernport, MD.

Redman’s best known compositions include “Cherry” (1928), “Gee baby, ain't I good to you” with lyricist Andy Razaf (1929), “Shakin’ the African” (1930), and “Hot and Anxious” (1931). The National Park Service established the Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert in Harpers Ferry National Park in 2001.

Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1990

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Keyser / Averell's Raid



This "Two-fer" marker is located at the intersection of WV Rt 220 and Carskadon Lane in Keyser, Mineral County WV



Keyser was originally named Paddy Town after Patrick McCarty, son of one of the original settlers. 1852 saw the coming of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, beginning the change of a quiet rural community to a thriving industrial center. The name was changed to New Creek Station, then shortened to New Creek.
In 1861, The War of Northern Aggression settled into the valley. Fort Fuller was built on the grounds that now house Potomac State College, and Fort Piano entrenchments were established on New Creek Mountain. Due to great importance of the railroad, the town changed hands 14 times during the war.
When West Virginia became a state in 1863, there was much contention over the location of the County Seat between Piedmont and New Creek [Keyser]. Local businessmen, the Davis Brothers, donated one acre of land for the courthouse which was built in 1867 and is still in use today.
In another political conivance, the town changed it's name once again in 1874 to Keyser, to honor William Keyser, then Vice president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This action was used to gain favor to ensure that the B & O Railroad would move rail operations from Piedmont to Keyser, insuring a brighter future for the community.



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Keyser / Averell's Raid East Piedmont St.



This marker is located in front of the Keyser High School building on E. Peidmont St. in Keyser. I find no record of a marker at this location, however, when asked, a local resident stated that the marker had been there "a right long while".


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Fort Pleasant



Marker is located on Rt 220 in Old Fields, Hardy County WV

At the time the forts were built, neither the local inhabitants or the soldiers assigned there could imagine the impact of the lower fort on the region. Called Fort Pleasant shortly after its completion, within a couple of years it became the military headquarters for the South Branch Valley, the seat of the county court and its vital records, and a significant location involved in the transformation of the economy from a local to a regional focus. History illustrates the value a fort sometimes had within its neighborhood beyond mere defensive considerations.

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Oriskany Sand



Marker is east of the intersection of old WV 55 / WV 259 and WV 29 in Hardy County WV

I wonder how many Oriskany Sand Markers there are in WV? And are they all this exciting and wildly thrilling to hunt and find?? While not real thrilling and exciting, most are located in some very interesting places I may not have gone to for any other reason. I'm going to start tracking these, and find out of which there are more: Oriskany Sand Markers or George Washington Slept Here Markers....

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