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Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
West Virginia State Park
Observation tower overlooking the Greenbrier River valley.
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
County Pocahontas
Elevation 3,104 ft (946.1 m)
Coordinates 38°06′45″N 80°16′19″W / 38.1125°N 80.27194°W / 38.1125; -80.27194
Area 287 acres (116.1 ha)
Dedicated July 4, 1928 [1]
 - Acquired April 14, 1928 [2]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Marlinton, West Virginia
Location of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in West Virginia
Website: Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is a state park located on Droop Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Droop Mountain was the site of the last major conflict of the American Civil War in West Virginia. A private in the U.S. Army at the Battle of Droop Mountain, John D. Sutton, became the leader in the movement to create the park when he served in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Dedicated on July 4, 1928, Droop Mountain Battlefield became the first state park in West Virginia.[2]

The battlefield was transformed into a historical, outdoor recreation area by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Public reenactments of the battle are conducted periodically by the West Virginia Reenactors Association. The next reenactment is scheduled for October, 2008.

The park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[3]

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Lewisburg exit of I-64 on U.S. Highway 219 and about 15 miles (24 km) south of Marlinton on US 219. The park is also near Beartown State Park and Watoga State Park.

Contents

Gallery

Features

  • Droop Mountain Museum with battle artifacts
  • Lookout Tower
  • hiking
  • Picnic areas with shelters
  • Tots playgrounds

See also

West Virginia portal
Droop Mountain Battlefield
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Nearest city: Marlinton, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°6′36″N 80°16′20″W / 38.11°N 80.27222°W / 38.11; -80.27222Coordinates: 38°6′36″N 80°16′20″W / 38.11°N 80.27222°W / 38.11; -80.27222
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: January 26, 1970[3]
NRHP Reference#: 70000664

References

  1. ^ "Dedication of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. http://www.webcitation.org/5YpMec0AH. Retrieved 2008-07-04.  
  2. ^ a b Debra Patterson, ed (April 1988). Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. p. 89. ISBN 0-933126-91-3.  
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  

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