Charleston Gazette/AP: Fairmont markers join Civil War tourism trail

April 21, 2009 - No Comments

by Sarah Barnes

This was in today’s Charleston Gazette:

Fairmont markers join Civil War tourism trail

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Five markers in Fairmont commemorating the city’s Civil War roots have been added to a state tourism trail.

Gov. Joe Manchin, Mayor Matt Delliquatti, Division of Tourism Director Betty Carver and other dignitaries attended a dedication ceremony for the markers Monday.

Three markers commemorate the 1863 Battle of Fairmont. The others are dedicated to Francis Pierpont, the provisional governor of the reorganized, separate government in Wheeling just before West Virginia was formed.

Carver says 150 markers are planned around the state as part of the West Virginia Civil War Discovery Trail. Sixteen, including the five in Fairmont, already have been erected.

In case you are wondering about the West Virginia Civil War Discovery Trail, you can find out more on the Division of Tourism’s website. Here is a brief description:

The Civil War Discovery Trail links more than 300 sites in 16 states to inspire and teach the story of the Civil War and its haunting impact on America. The Trail includes battlefields, historic homes, railroad stations, cemeteries and parks. Civil War Discovery Trail sites are especially selected for their historic significance and educational opportunities. The Trail is an initiative of The Civil War Trust, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, state agencies and local communities.

The official site for the Civil War Discovery Trail also has helpful information and maps. The WV portion of the Trail features the following Civil War sites:

1. CAMP ALLEGHENY, Bartow, WV

2. RICH MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELD CIVIL WAR SITE, Beverly, WV

3. BULLTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT, Burnsville, WV

4. CHEAT SUMMIT FORT, Durbin, WV

5. GRAFTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Grafton, WV

6. HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Harpers Ferry, WV

7. DROOP MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK, Hillsboro, WV

8. LEWISBURG NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT, Lewisburg, WV

9. BELLE BOYD HOUSE, Martinsburg, WV

10. PHILIPPI COVERED BRIDGE, Philippi, WV

11. PHILIPPI HISTORIC DISTRICT, Philippi, WV

12. SHEPHERDSTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT, Shepherdstown, WV

13. CARNIFEX FERRY BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK, Summersville, WV

14. JACKSON’S MILL HISTORIC AREA, Weston, WV

15. WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENCE HALL, Wheeling, WV

It’s nice to see our Civil War sites getting more recognition!

Filed Under: Civil War, History, Local News

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