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Old 08-14-2009, 07:18 AM   #586
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Young's Monument - Nicholas Co

Two rides in the past two weeks through Nicholas/Fayette/Kanawha County have netted me about 60 markers. Time to start posting!

First marker is Young's Monument, located on the Powell Mt overlook about 6 - 8 miles south of the Braxton Co line.

Very little online to go on, but I did find this: (after the ride, unfortunately, or I would have detoured to find it)

Sign on dirt road at Mile 66.2: Known locally as the "Lonely Grave" Henry Young, who is buried here beside his wife, was a Confederate sympathizer who was shot down when he refused to surrender to Union troops. According to one of numerous versions of the story, Young preferred certain death to surrender, and died in a one-man battle with the entire advance guard of Gen. Rosencran's Union Army on Sept 8, 1861. Enclosed within an iron fence, his grave lies in a lonely but ruggedly beautiful spot, surrounded by groves of pine and oak, and thickets of rhodedendron. Link to site




Historical Marker located on Rt 19 at Powell Mountain overlook - about 6 - 8 miles south of Braxton County line on northbound lane.



Marker is located in turnout for overlook.




Beautiful view off the mountain.
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Summersville - Nicholas Co

Population 3,194. County seat of Nicholas County. City has been popularized by being a "Speed Trap" on several national news shows. In 2001, the city police in this small town wrote 18,133 speeding tickets . Even if the tickets were only $50 each, that's almost $1 Million!!!


For more on Summersville: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summers..._West_Virginia




Historical Marker located in front of the Nicholas Co Courthouse (where 18,133 folks probably had to go pay their speeding tickets in 2001).




View of the courthouse and marker.





View down Main St along the front of the courthouse. Also visible is the marker for "Nancy Hart's Capture" (Coming up soon)
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Nancy Hart's Capture - Nicholas Co

Located on the Courthouse Square in Summersville.

For a very good biography on Nancy Hart :

http://www.nkclifton.com/nancy.html




Historical Marker located in front of the Nicholas Co Courthouse in Summersville.





View of the marker and the courthouse.
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Pioneer School - Nicholas Co

Located on Rt 39, near Zela (about 6 - 8 miles west of Summersville). I came up empty on my research for this one. No history, no photos. I'll come back and edit if I find something later.





Historical Marker located on Rt 39 near Zela.




View eastbound on Rt 39. That's some sort of electrical substation or utility building next to the marker. No signs of any remains of the school.
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North and South - Nicholas Co

Located at the junction of Rt 39 and Rt 129 at Drennen, about 12 miles west of Summersville. It directs readers south on Rt 139 to Kesler's Cross Lanes and Carnifex Ferry (see upcoming posts), where major battles were fought.




Historical Marker located at the junction of Rt 39 and Rt 129 at Drennen.





View eastbound on Rt 39. Not the most scenic location for a marker, but maybe it was when the marker was erected.
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Bethel United Methodist Church - Nicholas Co

Located on Rt 139 near Poe, southwest of Summersville about 15 miles. No church website, but I did find the average attendance is 65. It's a beautiful church in a beautiful setting.

This one is special to me because I was Music Director/pianist/organist at Bethel UMC in Mascoutah, IL before moving back to WV last year.




Historical Marker located on Rt 129 about 3 miles south of Rt 39.




View southbound on Rt 129, heading toward Kesler's Cross Lanes and Carnifex Ferry.




Bethel United Methodist Church




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Zoar Baptist Church - Nicholas Co

Located on Rt 129 near Kesler's Cross Lanes (southwest of Summersville)




Historical Marker located in front of the church on Rt 129 about 5 miles south of Drennen / Rt 39.




View of church and marker.




Closer view of the church. Very beautiful!
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Cross Lanes Battle - Nicholas Co

Located on Rt 129 south of Rt 39. About 12 - 15 miles southwest of Summersville.


Description: On August 26, Brig. Gen. John Floyd, commanding Confederate forces in the Kanawha Valley, crossed the Gauley River to attack Col. Erastus Tyler’s 7th Ohio Regiment encamped at Kessler’s Cross Lanes. The Union forces were surprised and routed. Floyd then withdrew to the river and took up a defensive position at Carnifex Ferry. During the month, Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived in western Virginia and attempted to coordinate the forces of Brig. Gens. Floyd, Henry Wise, and William W. Loring.
Result(s): Confederate victory





Marker is located southbound on Rt 129.




View south towards the 3-way intersection (Kesler's Crossing). Note the other marker - "First County Court/ Kesler's Cross Lanes" - just ahead to the left. Se upcoming post for that marker.
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First County Court / Kessler's Cross Lanes - Nicholas Co

Double-sided marker.

Kessler's Corner is the correct spelling. Often spelled with one "s".




Side #1. Historical Marker is located at the junction of Rt 129 and CR 9, about 5 miles south of Rt 39.




Same Marker - Side #2.





View north-west-bound up Rt 129. The marker in the previous post (Battle of Cross Lanes) is just to the left under the big tree (look verrrry closely).





View north-east-bound on CR 9.




View south-west-bound on Rt 129 heading towards Carnifex Ferry (see upcoming post).
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Carnifex Ferry - Nicholas Co

Located southwest of Summersville about 15 miles. Very nice ride out here.

From State Park Website: Nestled on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, West Virginia, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle site. On September 10, 1861 Union troops led by Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position on the Henry Patterson Farm which overlooked Carnifex Ferry. The Confederate commander, Brigadier General John B. Floyd retreated across the ferry to the south side of the Gauley River and on eastward to Meadow Bluff near Lewisburg. This Civil War battle represented the failure of a Confederate drive to regain control of the Kanawha Valley. As a result, the movement for West Virginia statehood proceeded without serious threat from the Confederates.

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Carnifex_Ferry





Historical Marker located near the parking lot by the overlook. Just go to the end of the road inside the park, and you'll see it.




The marker is nestled up under a tree about 50 meters from the parking lot. The overlook to the ferry is off to the left.



Nearby overlook to the river crossing.



Sign by the overlook. Also explains different spellings.




Sign along the road through the park (see next photo).





Old road described in previous photo.





Nice scenic road through the park.





Another site in the park.




Next to the previous sign (Camp Gauley)





Previous 2 signs and Camp Gauley.





Sign next to Henry Patterson House





Field next to Henry Patterson House - scene of the battle.




Sign by Henry Patterson House as you enter the park.




View of Henry Patterson House.
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Morris Massacre - Nicholas Co

Located on Rt 39 near Lockwood.

To read the interesting story (unfolds over a 10-year period), click here.




Historical Marker located on Rt 39 near Lockwood, about 15 miles west of Summersville.




View west on Rt 39 (bike is facing east).




Graves are located about 150 meters from the road, by the two small tress along the second fence line to the left of center in the picture.




Visitors not welcome!




Zooooommm lens to the rescue. Gravestones are visible in this photo.
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Seaberry Arms Osborne - Fayette Co

Located on Rt 16 about 1 - 2 miles north of Belva near Dixie. I asked a few locals, but nobody knew (or, rather, did not want to tell me) the location of her grave.

From website for "The Drama Begins", a local play about her life: In 1838, President Andrew Jackson ordered the removal of the Cherokee Nation to new territory in the west. By fall, 14,000 Cherokee were forcibly removed from their homes in the south. With guns and bayonets, the US Army placed them into stockades where hunger, disease and exposure ran rampant. Many died before they left the stockades and more died on the trail to the west, or "The Trail of Tears." By the time they reached their destination, 1/3 of their population had died along the trail. Those who survived established the Western Band of Cherokee Nation. Back in North Carolina, those who managed to evade the army fled into the mountains. Today their descendants make up the Eastern Band of Cherokee. But the story does not end there, for some fled north into the mountains, away from the threat of danger with a desire to remain free.

Solomon and Seaberry Arms Osborne fled Cherokee, NC, with a hunting party in the fall of 1837 to avoid the dreaded march west. They journeyed over three states. Along the way they left a few birth and death records and footprints that span 150 years. After settling in Ashe County, NC, Tazewell, VA, and Wyoming County, VA, they finally settled in what is today Nicholas and Clay Counties, WV.





Historical Marker loacted at the junction of Rt 39 and CR20-21 (Twentymile Creek Rd) about 1 mile north of Belva.





View northbound on Rt 39.
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Hey all, new to ADVrider. Just found this thread - very cool. I see Summers County hasn't been represented yet - now I need to go buy a digital camera, 'cause my cell phone takes really crappy pictures.

pnoman, do you have contact information for the State Archives? The Civil War Camp (Camp Jones) marker (#1078 on your excel spreadsheet) is ready to topple - only about an inch of metal left on one edge still holding the plate up.
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pnoman, do you have contact information for the State Archives? The Civil War Camp (Camp Jones) marker (#1078 on your excel spreadsheet) is ready to topple - only about an inch of metal left on one edge still holding the plate up.
Welcome - Some Mook. Glad to have some more help for the southern part of the state. I'll forward your information about the Camp Jones marker to Joe Geiger in Charleston. Thanks!

Come on up to the Capitol at noon on Saturday 29 Aug for the photo shoot with Gov Manchin. Keep checking back for last-minute updates/changes/cancellations.
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Jordan Nelson's Coal Bank - Mercer Co

These photos were emailed to me by Gabby. Thanks!!

Located on CR 120 west of Bramwell, about 10 miles northwest of Bluefield.



Submitted by Gabby. (He told me the date on his camera is whacked. He took these last month.)



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