National Register of Historic Places

April 17, 1757: Col. Washington Orders Closing Ft. Ashby

Apr 17, 2019
By 1757, Washington could no longer provide enough forces to protect Forts Ashby and Cocke, so he abandoned both sites.
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On April 17, 1757, George Washington ordered the Virginia militia to abandon Fort Ashby in present Mineral County. Captain Ashby of the Virginia militia had overseen the fort’s construction, and Fort Cocke—to the south, during the summer and fall of 1755.

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A boulder whose engraving may be two centuries old has been given to the city of Beckley.

Councilman Tom Sopher, also president of the Raleigh County Historical Society, says it predates the city's founding and indicates the area's early civilization.

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$560,000 could have bought you the historic Sweet Springs Resort Thursday morning. The property, built in 1791, was auctioned off to a new owner, Ashby Berkley, along with equipment and facilities to bottle the famous Sweet Springs mineral water.

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  Charles Washington, the youngest full brother of George Washington, died in Charles Town on September 16, 1799, at age 61. Charles Washington first came to present Jefferson County in 1780 and began constructing his home, Happy Retreat, on land he’d inherited from his half-brother. In 1786, Charles Washington laid out plans for Charles Town on 80 acres. The town square, where the courthouse now stands, was deeded by Washington as a gift to the town. Charles Town was incorporated the following year, and Charles Washington is buried nearby in the family plot at Happy Retreat.

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Several West Virginia historic sites including the Colonial cabin that was an off-the-grid oasis for a Manhattan magazine illustrator and his wife have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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  The state is moving forward with a project to renovate a historic mansion on the West Virginia Capitol grounds.

Holly Grove Mansion has been vacant since the Bureau of Senior Services moved its offices to the Charleston Town Center Mall in October 2004.

The Capitol Building Commission on Wednesday approved an architectural firm's plans to renovate the structure.

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 Grants are available for West Virginia historic and archeological sites in counties affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History made the announcement Thursday. About $173,000 in supplement grant funding was approved by the National Park Service.

Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation, or archeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places that were adversely affected by the hurricane. All applications must include documentation of damage related to the hurricane. July 15 is the deadline to apply.