Lewis County

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In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we visit communities impacted by creation of flood-control lakes. In one, the Village of Lilly, about 40 families were pushed off their land along the Bluestone River in Summers County, W.Va., in the 1940s. Many of these families had lived there for more than 200 years. 


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In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we visit communities impacted by creation of flood-control lakes. Like the Village of Lilly, where back in the 1940s, about 40 families were pushed off their land along the Bluestone River in Summers County, West Virginia. Many of these families had lived there for more than 200 years. 

Inside Appalachia Host Jessica Lilly has deep roots to this community, as we hear in this episode. 

At the beginning of the Civil War, Virginia seceded from the Union, and Jackson was appointed a Confederate brigadier general.
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Thomas Jackson was born in Clarksburg around midnight on the evening of January 20, 1824. He was raised by an uncle at Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County and then attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

He fought gallantly during the Mexican War but resigned from the army after the war.

He spent the next 10 years teaching philosophy and artillery at the Virginia Military Institute.

Lena Lunsford Back in W.Va. Facing Charges

Nov 4, 2016
Lena Lunsford
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The mother of a 3-year-old girl who disappeared in 2011 was  arrested Thursday in Florida and is back in West Virginia to face charges.

Aliayah Lunsford was reported missing on Sept. 24, 2011, from her home in Weston.

Gen. John Lightburn, USA
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On June 22, 1865, two months after Civil War hostilities ended, General Joseph A. J. Lightburn resigned from the U.S. Army, ending his military service.

The Pennsylvania native had moved with his family to Lewis County in 1840. As a young man, he was friends with Thomas Jackson—later to be known as “Stonewall.” Lightburn wanted to attend West Point, but Jackson received the appointment from his region instead.

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Thousands of voters across North Central West Virginia have already cast their ballots during the first five days of the state's early voting period for next week's primary.

Harrison County clerk Susan Thomas tells The Exponent-Telegram of Clarksburg that an average of more than 265 residents have cast their ballots each day in the county ahead of the May 10 primary.

October 22, 1864: Weston State Hospital Admits First Patients

Oct 22, 2015
Weston State Hospital, WV
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The first patients were admitted to what would become Weston State Hospital on October 22, 1864. Built on 269 acres in Lewis County, the facility was authorized by the Virginia legislature in the early 1850s as the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a report from last night’s meeting in Lewis County where an energy company spoke about gas development there.  And Sarah Lowther Hensley talks with a playwright about his play focusing on the life and work of Edgar Allen Poe.

Roxy Todd


Herb Farmer Worries About Natural Gas Drilling

Sep 16, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, in Weston tonight there’s a meeting about oil and gas development taking place there.  We’ll have a preview of the issues.  Also, we’ll hear from a researcher from the Pew Center about the political leanings of the American people.

Roxy Todd

At the end of a 2 and-a-half-mile, single lane road, sits La Paix Herb Farm. Owner Myra Bonhage-Hale is a retired social worker in her 70's. She and her son Bill live here, in a brightly painted, purple homestead that dates back to the 1800's. The house, formerly called the May-Kraus home, is on the National Register of Historic Places.