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Old 08-22-2019, 07:57 AM
 
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If you do what lookingaround says and continue up WV 88 past Oglebay to Bethany, I'll provide a little local history for that area. During the Civil War, Bethany (located almost on the PA Line) was a Confederate leaning town. Alexander Campbell, the founder of Bethany College and the Disciples of Christ (Christian) Church, was a personal friend to Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy. That little town (which included some of my ancestors) followed the opinions of their spiritual leader. West Liberty (which included some of my ancestors from the other side of my family), located just 3 miles away, was a Federal town.

There was great acrimony between the populations of the two little towns that lasted until the 1940s. It was so bad that residents wouldn't speak to each other and the two colleges located in the towns wouldn't play each other in athletics. It took World War 2 to bring them together.

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Old 08-22-2019, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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CT, very interesting story and history lesson. That’s a nugget you won’t find in WV history books in 4th or 8th grade.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:16 PM
 
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If you do what lookingaround says and continue up WV 88 past Oglebay to Bethany, I'll provide a little local history for that area. During the Civil War, Bethany (located almost on the PA Line) was a Confederate leaning town. Alexander Campbell, the founder of Bethany College and the Disciples of Christ (Christian) Church, was a personal friend to Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy. That little town (which included some of my ancestors) followed the opinions of their spiritual leader. West Liberty (which included some of my ancestors from the other side of my family), located just 3 miles away, was a Federal town.

There was great acrimony between the populations of the two little towns that lasted until the 1940s. It was so bad that residents wouldn't speak to each other and the two colleges located in the towns wouldn't play each other in athletics. It took World War 2 to bring them together.
After the Moth Girl Chronicles there is my second book, Romeo and Juliet / West Side Story set in West Virginia
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Old 08-24-2019, 04:26 PM
 
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If you do what lookingaround says and continue up WV 88 past Oglebay to Bethany, I'll provide a little local history for that area. During the Civil War, Bethany (located almost on the PA Line) was a Confederate leaning town. Alexander Campbell, the founder of Bethany College and the Disciples of Christ (Christian) Church, was a personal friend to Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy. That little town (which included some of my ancestors) followed the opinions of their spiritual leader. West Liberty (which included some of my ancestors from the other side of my family), located just 3 miles away, was a Federal town.

There was great acrimony between the populations of the two little towns that lasted until the 1940s. It was so bad that residents wouldn't speak to each other and the two colleges located in the towns wouldn't play each other in athletics. It took World War 2 to bring them together.
interesting post. I didn't know all of that just know it is a pretty area.
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Old 08-29-2019, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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We had a great trip through the Ohio Valley. I was particularly impressed with the charm of Sistersville. For such a small town, it had a nice looking park in the center of town and some interesting architecture.
We also enjoyed Moundsville and wish we would have spent more time exploring there. I had 5 people with me so we didn’t stay in one spot very long. We spent 2 full days in Pittsburgh, so that was the majority of our trip.
My 16 year old nephew enjoyed the trip. He was surprised how industrialized the Ohio Valley was, and just how urban Wheeling is when you add in Shadyside, Bellaire, and Martins Ferry.
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Old 08-29-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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My road trip is taking me from the Pac West to the South West to West Virginia if my Van and Arms last
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Old 08-29-2019, 02:42 PM
 
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Quinet's Restaurant in New Martinsville has a nice buffet.
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Old 08-29-2019, 03:31 PM
 
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We had a great trip through the Ohio Valley. I was particularly impressed with the charm of Sistersville. For such a small town, it had a nice looking park in the center of town and some interesting architecture.
We also enjoyed Moundsville and wish we would have spent more time exploring there. I had 5 people with me so we didn’t stay in one spot very long. We spent 2 full days in Pittsburgh, so that was the majority of our trip.
My 16 year old nephew enjoyed the trip. He was surprised how industrialized the Ohio Valley was, and just how urban Wheeling is when you add in Shadyside, Bellaire, and Martins Ferry.
It used to be very urban, before the mills closed. There were a quarter million people in total living in those towns, pressing up against the Pittsburgh area. It is a shell of it's former self, but oil and gas offer hope for a resurgence.
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