Guyandotte joins multi-state Civil War Trails program

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

By Karen Nance

Huntington, W.Va. (HNN)-  A dedication of the three Civil War Trails markers that were recently installed in Guyandotte will be held Saturday, November 5, at 10:30 a.m. The markers are located on the grounds of the Madie Carroll House and the ceremony will be part of the Guyandotte Civil War Days

Cabell County 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 over 1100 sites in the program and close to 3,000 map guides are downloaded weekly from the program’s Web site,

2008 Reenactment (Guyandotte Civil War Days Photo)
2008 Reenactment (Guyandotte Civil War Days Photo)

“Working on this project has been a very exciting process,” said Kelli Crabtree, CVB Visitor Liaison, who has served as point person in having the signage designed and installed. “We’ve learned a lot about the Battle of Guyandotte and we look forward to sharing that information with our visitors.” Crabtree worked with members of WV State Tourism; a local committee of Guyandotte enthusiasts, Victor Wilson, Jeanne Wray, Debra Richardson, Bob Wilson, and Sal Minutelli; as well as Joe Geiger, Director of State Archives and Karen Nance, Editor of Guyandotte Bicentennial Book.

One aspect of these markers that makes them unique is the inclusion of original artwork by local artist Debra Richardson. “State tourism officials expect the Civil War Trails program to be a huge draw for tourists, especially with this being the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War,” said Crabtree.

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 West Virginia Division of Tourism partnered with the Civil War Trails program to purchase 150 interpretive markers for installation throughout West Virginia.

For more information on the local markers, call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 304-525-7333. A West Virginia Civil War Trails driving tour brochure is available to the public through the West Virginia Division of Tourism, WV Welcome Centers, the Cabell-Huntington CVB, or by calling 1-800-225-5982, or via the web at

 For more information on the dedication ceremony, please contact Karen Nance, Secretary for Madie Carroll House Preservation Society, Inc., at 304-736-1655.

Guyandotte joins multi-state Civil War Trails program

 These three markers join two others located in Barboursville and at Jenkins Plantation.



Barboursville Engagement
Trails sign located at 628 Main St, Barboursville WV 25504

On July 14, 1861, a Federal column defeated a sizeable force here in the first significant action aimed at dislodging Confederates from the Lower Kanawha Valley. Three days later at Scary Creek, Union soldiers again defeated Confederates under Gen. Henry Wise, who withdrew from the Valley.

Huntington and area

Battle of Guyandotte
Three Trails signs at 234 Guyan St, Huntington WV 25702

Trails signs here tell the story of the Nov. 10, 1861, battle. About 1,200 Confederate cavalrymen attacked about 150 Union recruits here on a peaceful Sunday. In the confused street fighting, several Union recruits and Confederates were killed and wounded and the rest of the Federal recruits were captured. The next day a Federal steamboat with Union reinforcements arrived and threatened to burn the town. One survivor of this episode is the Madie Carroll House.

“Albert G. Jenkins”
Trails sign at 8814 Ohio River Road, Lesage WV 25537

This is the childhood home of Albert Gallatin Jenkins, who later became the Confederate general who launched a famous raid through western Virginia in 1862, briefly crossing the Ohio River, planting a Confederate flag in Northern territory. He continued his service in West Virginia and western Virginia, dying of wounds suffered at Cloyd’s Mountain in May 1864.


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