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Late 18th Century West Virginia: Indian Attacks, Daniel Boone, and the Coal River – or is it Cole?

It’s important for us – especially Kentuckians – to remember that Daniel Boone moved to (what is now) West Virginia in the later part of the 18th century, I believe around 1788, from Kentucky, staying there until around 1797, at which point he reluctantly returned to Kentucky, before remembering why he didn’t like Kentucky anymore. And then he moved to Missouri around 1799. West Virginia gets no credit for its period of Boone residence. In the words of Rodney Dangerfield, “we get no respect – no respect at all.”

General McCausland’s house in West Virginia: an interesting story about war, the Emperor of Mexico, and even Egypt

You may have noticed this house on the side of Route 35 in Mason County, West Virginia, if you’ve ever driven the treacherous route from the West Virginia Turnpike through to Route 35 into Ohio. This is the home built by Confederate General John McCausland. There’s no good way to stop to get a photo …

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James McBride: his actual musket, and his epic life as a frontiersman and soldier

Family tradition has it that this French and Indian War era American musket was used by James McBride (1726-1812) to fight in the Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774. It was previously on display at the Augusta County Historical Society Museum in Staunton, Virginia, as part of their year-long exhibit on Lord Dunmore’s …

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The Actual Site of the Kelly Cabin and Fort Morris: the First Permanent Settlement on the Kanawha

The oldest documented settlement by colonial settlers in the Kanawha Valley was made by a man named Walter Kelly, who moved there in 1772 out 1773, having previously lived on Muddy Creek, in the Greenbrier Valley (near Alderson, WV). Some records claim he came from North Carolina. Yet another claims he came from Barbados. But …

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