Amazing Braxton County Facts
Did You Know?
…that the Braxton
County was formed in 1836 from Lewis, Kanawha, and
Nicholas. It was named for Carter Braxton, signer of the
Declaration of Independence. Washington planned to establish
important point in project for western communication in this
…that the Geographic
Marker is on Elk River Hunting Area Road, Bakers Run,
4 miles south of Sutton. The geographic center of the
irregular-shaped state of West Virginia is near this point,
according to accepted methods of locating centers of
geographic areas. It was also West Virginia's center of
population in 1860.
…that Big Dunkard - Burning Springs
Sand Historical Marker is at North of Falls Mill, US
19/WV 4 (missing). The Mahoning Sandstone forming the cliffs
and the Freeport Sandstone forming the falls of the Little
Kanawha River respectively are the "Big Dunkard and Burning
Springs Sands" of the driller. These sandstones yield oil and
natural gas in West Virginia.
…that Bulltown was an
important point in plan of Washington to establish water
transportation to West. Salt was made here as early as 1792.
An attack of whites in 1772 upon Captain Bull's Indian village
here was among the causes of Dunmore's War. The Historical
Marker is on US 19/WV 4, 2 miles west of Falls Mill in
Battle was on October 13, 1863, when a force of 400
Union troops under Captain W. H. Mattingly, entrenched on the
hills to the northeast, repulsed attack of Confederate forces
under Colonel W. L. Jackson. Jackson retreated after some loss
into Pocahontas County. The Historical Marker is on US 19/WV
4, 2 miles west of Falls Mill in Bulltown.
…that in Sutton on Main St. (secondary
route 19/40), 1.8 miles from Exit 62 (Sutton) of I-79 is the
Sutton Historical Marker. It was named for
its founder. It was burned in 1861, by Confederate troops. The
first settlers in this county were Jeremiah and Benjamin
Carpenter, who had settled on Elk River in 1784. Soon
after, Benjamin and wife were killed by the Indians.
…that the Town of
Marker is on WV 5, near I-79 exit 79 in
Burnsville. The area is first settled in 1798; Payton
Byrnes came in 1830. First known as Lumberport in 1866,
when Capt. John Burns established first saw mill in area.
It was incorporated by county in 1902 and named for Burns.
Did you know?
… that "Hot Fudge"
in the U.S. and Canada is usually understood to be a chocolate
product often used as a topping for ice cream in a heated form and
it is not necessarily directly connected with the confection known
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