West Virginia's legendary monuments in woods stand

David Sibray visits the monument that bases the base base behind West Virginia.
A small north-west W.Va drawing monument. and east of Mason-Dixon line. Photo: David Sibray

It is difficult to find it on a map. Hiking is even harder. But it stands for a pedestrian monument at the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, which marks the unique north-western community. Some say that it is a location that all pan-makers should see.

But the panhandle is more important: it is the west of the Mason-Dixon Line and the southern side of the line "Ellicott Line", known as the eastern side of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Ellicott, planner of Washington, D.C. later on this hill in 1779 when finishing his predecessor's work, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, stopped following their back three years earlier to avoid hostile tribes.

Stone Fairfax and the pioneering Potomac Monument are the key qualities at the Fairfax State Park. Photo courtesy Traveling219.com.
Fairfax and Potomac Stone Monument. Photo courtesy Traveling219.com.

The cornerstone of the corner today is "1883" inscribed and it is only 130 years old, as it is not the first monument. The first time it was probably built around 1779 when Ellicott carried out a survey on the line, leaving Mason Dixon to the south east westward and extends more than 150 miles north to Loch Erie.

Without an insignificant line, the fighting years between Virginia and Pennsylvania were over, much more than a settlement. The charts for the two colonies showed that they were backdroped without practical borders, but Western settlers liked easier access to western Pennsylvania due to the number of people across the Virginian mountains.

When Ellicot's line was finished, both commonwealths – now colonies no longer – agreed. Pennsylvania went over the line to Virginia. Greater control of the Ohio River was dominated, then, when Pennsylvania maintained the control of the upper river and the strategic consolidation of Allegheny and Monongahela rivers – which is now in Pittsburgh today.

But six years later, Virginia decided to unite his land over the River River with the new United States government but he now kept the landfill known as the panhandle. Northwest north of 78 years later came during the Civil War when their counties were voted to become part of the legal state.

The monument that establishes a north panhandle of West Virginia from a brush pile.
The panhandle monument stands next to a brush pile.

Jesse Mestrovic is now among people who think the monument could be developed as an educational resource such as Fairfax Stone. Mestrovic, the director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Wheeling, stressed at a low cost and at the high value that could easily develop such sites in the north panhandle.

He says he believes that the monument is one of the most important in the state as well as the counties of Marshall and Wetzel.

"West Virginia is one of the most unique inland states that have been shaped in the Union, and every point that makes this situation so special to remember and share," said Mestrovic.

"The stone monument is a very important time and place in our history."

In addition to his former executive director for the Moundsville Convention & Visitor Bureau, Mestrovic said he felt that the monument was deserved at state level.

Washington Ellicott Plan, 1792

"This monument should be of the same importance to the Fairfax Stone State Historic Park, now managed by Blackwater Falls State Park," he said.

Programs are available to avail of local governments and property owners that develop, protect and maintain such sites. The West Virginia communities such as Beckley are based on similar historical corridors in conjunction with private landowners.

At present, the undeveloped monument is on private land, and visitors should seek access from the property owner before entering the property.

More information on the monument can be found at Waymarking.com.

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