Mason County - "Lost Colony"
One of America's first ghost towns...
The point in Mason county located at the following GPS [N 38° 46.006 -- W 082° 00.380] was the site of George Washington's Lost Colony. In 1772, Washington patented 10,990 acres on the Great Kanawha and in 1775 sent a colony to Leon under the leadership of James Cleveland and William Stevens. Land was cleared, orchards were planted and houses were built, but the colony broke up for unknown reasons and was abandoned. The land was still owned by Washington at the time of this death in 1799.
Mineral County - Fort Ashby
||Built in 1755, Ashby's Fort was established by orders of Colonel George Washington.
It stood on the east bank of Patterson's Creek on the site of the present village of Alaska, formerly Frankfort, in Frankfort district, Mineral County.
Erected by Lieutenant John Hacon under orders from Colonel Washington, in 1755. December 21, 1773, Captain Charles Lewis of Fredericksburg assumed command at this fort in which he found a garrison of twenty-one men to whom Lieutenant Bacon, whom he had appointed adjutant, read the Articles of War. On the 11th of October, Colonel Washington received letters from Captain John Ashby regarding conditions there.
Webster County - Stroud Massacre
Inscription of Commemorative Marker:
"Following 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix, Stroud family settled on Stroud's Creek near junction with Gauley River. In 1772, Mrs. Stroud and seven children were killed by Shawnee party. Accounts of subsequent attack by settlers on Delaware village at Bulltown unproven. This was last attack launched by Native Americans in Webster County. "
Location: Stroud's Creek Road, 1/4 mile from junction with WV 20, near Camden-On-Gauley
CAMDEN-ON-GAULEY, 49.3 m. (2,034 alt., 435 pop.), was first named Camden for U. S. Senator Johnson N. Camden; the phrase 'on-Gauley' was added to distinguish it from another town of that name in the State. A marker here commemorates the Stroud Massacre of June 1772. Adam Stroud, a German who had settled west of the town on the creek now bearing his name, returned from a hunting trip and found that his wife and family had been killed and scalped by a marauding band of Indians, believed now to have been Shawnee. In retaliation a party of settlers [Transcriber's Note: said to have been led by Jesse Hughes and John Cutright/Cartwright of Hacker's Creek] raided and exterminated a peaceable Delaware village at Bulltown on the Little Kanawha River about 30 miles north. [Source: "West Virginia: a Guide to the Mountain State" By Federal Writers' Project, 1948]
Jefferson County - Sheperdstown