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Segregated school located along the North Fork of the Blackwater that served Coketon, center of coal and coke empire of H. G. Davis. In 1892 teacher Carrie Williams, represented by J. R. Clifford, state's first African Amerian lawyer, sued when co…
In 1892, Coketon Colored School teacher Carrie Williams sued the local school board for equal pay. She was represented by the first African American lawyer in WV, J.R. Clifford, in front of Judge Hoke. Local jury found for her and she won appeal a…
To the southwest is Blackwater Falls, 63 feet high, and its rugged gorge. It drains lovely Canaan Valley, which may be seen from the mountain top, 3700 feet high. It was made famous in "Blackwater Chronicles" by "Porte Crayon."
The resistant Homewood and Conoquenessing sandstones, the "Salt Sands" of the driller, form the Canyon Walls and Blackwater Falls. These sands produce oil and natural gas in West Virginia and commercial brines on the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers.
Architect - Frank Pierce MilburnBuilt 1898 - c. 1900The original county seat at St. George was forcibly moved to Parsons at night on August 1, 1893. With the construction of the brick courthouse hopes of the return to St. George were lost forever.…
Revolutionary WarSoldierJohn Wolford1754 - 1839Built house hereabout 1805
1861 - 1865Corrick's FordBattleengagement betweenFederal troops underGen. T.A. MorrisandConfederate troops underGen. R.S. Garnett,one mile south,July 13, 1861.Garnett, mortally woundedin this action, was the firstgeneral to fall during the war.
"How gallantly he died in the discharge of his duty."President Jefferson Davis CSA
On July 13, 1861, some 3,500 Confederate soldiers under Gen. Robert S. Garnett crossed Shavers Fork here while chased by Union forces in a desperate bid to stall…
"No shaft of shining marble, newFrom the sculptor's hand we raise for youNo, here we layA boulder drawn from the river-sideWhere brave men battled and bled and died."Karl Myers, Ode to theBattle of Corricks Ford, 1926On US Route 219 above, two mon…
Federal victory at Rich Mountain on July 11, 1861, forced Confederate Gen. Robert S. Garnett's 4,000 troops to retreat from Laurel Hill in Barbour County. Garnett, fearing that his escape route was blocked, struck northeast. His goal was to circle…