Faculty Emeriti Dinah Courrier Invites All to Take Mineral County Historical Tour
Reprinted by permission of Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Eusebia Church is an important landmark representing the county’s early history. “Several famous people and a number of slaves are buried in the adjourning cemetery,” says Dinah Courrier. “You will hear the stories of these famous persons on the tour.”
Eusebia Presbyterian Church on Route 46 is one of the two oldest worshipping congregations in Mineral County. The original building burned and the current building was constructed in 1891.
Just a few miles beyond Eusebia Church, the tour will stop in the Reeses Mill community. This was one of the earliest areas settled in Mineral County.
In his “Journal of My Journey Over the Mountain," young George Washington on the surveying trip through Mineral County mentioned… “our party camped at Abram Johnson’s overnight.” This was not the only nights lodging young George had in Mineral County on that excursion.
In 1748 Abram Johnson received a portion of a Fairfax land grant in the area of the Patterson’s Creek Valley we know today as the Reeses Mill Community. Johnson was a trader with the Indians and became an official with the Ohio Company in 1750.
“Descendants of the Johnson family have continuously lived on what was designated in 1988 as a Bicentennial Farm by the state of West Virginia," says Betty Dzubba. In recognition of having been in the Johnson/Kuykendall possession for over 200 years, the Mike Kuykendall farm was one of only 38 farms in the state which qualified for this honor.
A continuation of the PBS Documentary "Road Trip to History" featuring Mineral County, the tour will be a chance to see some early county historical landmarks. The film was created by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.
Registrations forms, site photos, tour schedule, and some descriptions can be found on the WVU Extension Service website.
The cost of the tour is $45, which covers a charter tour bus with bathroom and a picnic box lunch at Camp Minco in Reeses Mill. The tour will begin and end from Potomac State College of WVU with a pick-up and drop off in Short Gap.
Some highlights of the tour will include visiting Stewarts Tavern, learning about the fort in Fort Ashby, sharing Reeses Mill community history at Camp Minco, seeing the intact early 1900s community of Burlington, and touring Traveler’s Rest and the Carskadon Home.
“History around the Iron Furnace, Eusebia Church, Headsville Church, Kuykendall Centennial Farm, the McCarty marker and the Cole House will be shared,” says Dinah Courrier, representative for the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and former Potomac State Faculty member.
The event is being planned by the Mineral County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS), the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, and the West Virginia University Extension Service.