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Hometown Park can trace its existence back to at least the 1920s. In 1918, Hatfield and Mitchell Coal and Mining Company bought the Apha Mine located nearby on the Little Guano Creek. The mining company provided a small piece of land as a place f…
The earliest export industry of the Kanawha River Valley revolved around the manufacturing of salt. Though the discovery of coal veins in Putnam County dates back to at least 1800, for most of the nineteenth century these coal deposits supplied…
Kanawha County. Authorized, 1888; organized 1789 from Greenbrier and Montgomery. Named for the Kanawha River, bearing name of Indian tribe. Salt making brought early settlers into the valley and from it grew ast modern chemicl plants. Putnam Co…
Site of Federal homestead project, located on land granted to George Washington in 1773. The "Red House" was built by Joseph Ruffner in 1840. Here, February 2, 1864, General E.P. Scammon, Union commander, was captured by Confederates.
Red House Shoals. Oldest community on the Kanawha River between Charleston and Point Pleasant, being settled circa 1795. In 1819, steamboat "Robert Thompson" failed to navigate the shoals here on a trip to Charleston. This led to an 1820…
Erected by theUnited Daughtersof ConfederacySt. Albans ChapterMarking theBattle of ScaryJuly 17, 1861
First Confederate victory in Kanawha Valley fought here July 17, 1861. Charge of the Rangers under Captain (later General) Jenkins won the day. Whitelaw Reid described the event as a war correspondent with Gen. Cox's Union forces.
The nearby highway is part of routetraversing W.Va. from Lewisburg toPoint Pleasant memorialized by thestate to commemorate the march of the American Colonial army of 1,200men led by Andrew & Charles Lewis.After a month's march this armydefeated a…
This "Poca River Tract" of7,276 acres was acquired byGeorge Washington, and surveyed by Wm. Crawford,1773.It bordered Kanawha River, "12miles and 227 poles". Washington's nephew, Lawrence,resided at Red House Shoals.
Acquired 7.276 Acres of this landby a grant, dated December 1, 1773issued to him byJohn Murray, Earl of Dunmore,last Royal Governor of Virginia.This tract was surveyed in July, 1773,by William Crawford, upon warrants issued to George Washington fo…