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Battle of Barboursville site added to Civil War Trails program

Dec. 02, 2010 @ 03:36 PM

BARBOURSVILLE —   The original Battleground of Barboursville site joins other sites in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee in the Civil War Trails program.

The program, a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Tourism and Civil War Trails Inc., identifies, interprets and creates driving tours centered on Civil War sites and stories. Currently, there are more than 1,000 sites in the program and more than 3,000 map guides are downloaded weekly from the program’s web site, www.civilwartrails.org.

The Civil War Trail Marker for the Battle of Barboursville which occurred on July 14th, 1861 was installed in the Nancy Cartmill Park on October 4, 2010.

Mrs. Linda Miller, President of Barboursville Civil War Days worked with the Village of Barboursville to have the marker installed. Mr. Joe Geiger and Mr. Jack Dickinson were instrumental in helping Linda with the story and pictures needed for the display. A dedication ceremony will be held in the spring, just in time to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The Battle of Barboursville.

Miller said she feels very blessed to be able to have seen this through and that the marker adds to the history of the Village of Barboursville. Mayor Paul Turman said, I appreciate and welcome the historical interest, recognition, and significance that the Civil War Conflict had on the Village of Barboursville and on the founding of West Virginia as our 35th State on June 20, 1863.

Governor Joe Manchin praised this program and the opportunities it will provide to promote West Virginia’s historical Civil War sites. “The Civil War signage program is an excellent way to draw more visitors to our state by promoting West Virginia’s unique role in that conflict,” the governor said. “I support this initiative and welcome everyone to discover the history behind the birth of West Virginia as an independent state.”

The Civil War Trails program was recognized as one of the most successful and sustainable heritage programs in the country by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program is administered by a nonprofit corporation and supported by local communities, state tourism offices and state departments of transportation. The Division of Tourism is paying for the purchase and installation of the first 150 qualifying Civil War sites in the state.

For more information on Cabell County’s Civil War Trails Sites, go online at www.wvvisit.org. For more information on what types of sites qualify for this program and how to submit a Civil War site in or near your community, contact Justin Gaull at 304-957-9385, or via e-mail justin.m.gaull@wv.gov.