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Pendleton County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1788
Named: For Edmund Pendleton, distinguished statesman and jurist of Virginia
County Seat: Franklin

Sources

Books

Armentrout, Jocie Thompson. Pioneer Days to Present in Four West Virginia Counties. Harman, West Virginia, Armentrout, 1978.
917.54 A728.

________________________. They Came to Stay: A Book of Mountain Folklore. Harman, West Virginia, Armentrout, 1983.
917.54 A728b.

Boggs, Elsie. A History of Franklin, The County Seat of Pendleton County, West Virginia. Staunton, Virginia, McClure Printing Company, 1960.
975.491 B674.

Calhoun, Harrison Mayberry. Twixt North and South, Depicting the Stife, Brutality and Heartbreak During the War Between the State in Pendleton County, West Virginia a Typical Border Area Between the North and South. Franklin, West Virginia, McCoy Publishing Company, 1974.
973.7097 C152.

Forbes, Amanda Arbogast. 1791 Assessment List of Pendleton County, Virginia, Now West Virginia; With a Supplement On Population Growth, 1790-1970. Ednor, Maryland, A. A. Forbes, 1974.
929.3 P398f.

Heal, Ruth K. A Pendleton County Builder and His Houses 1881-1918. Charleston, West Virginia, Charleston Printing Company, 1984.
917. 5491 H434.

Historical Records Survey, West Virginia. Inventory of the County Archives of West Virginia: No36 Pendleton County, West Virginia (Franklin). Division of Professional Service Projects, Works Project Administration, Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia Historical Records Survey, 1939.
016.9754 P398.

Morton, Oren Frederic. A Handbook of Highland County and a Supplement to Pendleton and Highland History. Monterey, Virginia, The Highland Recorder, 1922.
975.589 M891h.

__________________. A History of Pendleton County, West Virginia. Franklin, West Virginia, Oren F. Morton, 1910.
975.491 M891.

Pendleton County. West Virginia, Past and Present. Waynesville, North Carolina, Don mills, 1991.
975.491 P398p.

Pendleton County Historical Society. Moments in Time: A Pictorial History of Pendleton County, West Virginia. Salem, West Virginia, Walworth Publishing, 1988.
975.491 P398.

Taylor, John Craft. Depression and New Deal in Pendleton: A History of a West Virginia County From The Great Crash to Pearl Harbor, 1929-1940, v. 1, 2. s. l., James Craft Taylor, 1980.
975.491 T243d.

West Virginia Writers' Program. Smoke Hole and Its People. Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia Writers Project, State Department of Education, 1940.
975.491 W956s.

Newspaper Clippings

"115 State Peaks Top 4,000 Ft., Three Nearly High As Spruce Knob,"n. p. 3-18-1956.
"7 National Bicentennial Farms Recognized Here," Pendleton Times, 1-12-1989.
"All Hands on Hilltop?," Charleston Gazette, 8-8-1991.
"Backcountry Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks For Primitive Visitor," Parkersburg News, 6- 17-1973.
"Comparing Mountain Cultures," Charleston Gazette, 8-31-1996.
"County of Pendleton Organized 175 Years Ago," Pendleton Times, 5-3-1963.
"German Valley Declared National Landmark," Inter-Mountain, 8-7-1973.
"Handsome Tourist Attraction Planned in Pendleton County," Charleston Gazette, 6-27- 1962.
"Hanover Shoe Workers Looking to Sew Up Future," Charleston Gazette, 7-10- 1999.
"McCoys Mill 80 Year Old," Pendleton Times, n. d.
"Mountain Empire to Become Forest Reserve," The Baltimore Sun, 8-14-1927.
"Natural Paradise, Smoke Hole Valley," Mason-Dixonland Panorama, 4-29-1973.
"Naval Base Adds Chapter to History," Inter-Mountain, 8-6-1994.
"Nearby, Virginia Agriculture Boost Pendleton Economy," Charleston Gazette, 6-7- 1992.
"News in the Making, Pendleton County's North Fork Valley," Charleston Gazette, 8- 19-1996.
"Oh Give Me a Home, One of Harman's Oldest Homes...," Inter-Mountain, 11-17- 1988.
"Pack Up the Enthusiasm For a Trip Back in Time," Wheeling News Register, 5-3- 1981.
"Panther Knob," Charleston Gazette, 9-25-1985.
"Pendleton County Was Haunt of Indians," Beckley Post Herald, 7-22-1969.
"Pendleton County Fort Massacre Scene," Beckley Post Herald, 11-9-1965.
"Pendleton's Last Confederate Veteran Marks 96th Birthday," Clarksburg Exponent, 5- 26-1940.
"Pension for War 1812 Still Being Paid to West Virginian," Charleston Daily Mail, 2- 10-1936.
"Scenic Spot Was Site of Legend," Roanoke Times, 5-10-1959.
"Seneca Rock Mouth of Seneca Impressive Cathedral-Like," Piedmont Herald, 10-20- 1938.
"Shoe Factory Closing Rips Town's Soul," Dominion Post, 6-22-1999.
"Sights to See Above, Below Earth at Seneca Caverns," n. p. n. d.
"Smoke Hole Country Is Rich in Legend," n. p. n.d.
"Smoke Hole Section Said Uniquely Lovely," Beckley Post Herald, 12-23-1960.
"Smoke Hole Area," Beckley Post Herald, 5-2-1979.
"Spruce Knob's Better Side," Charleston Gazette, State Magazine, 2-3-1963.
"The Truth About Smoke Hole," Grant County Press, 6-3-1926.
"Treasure Mountain Festival Celebrates History of Franklin," Inter-Mountain, 9-15- 1994.
"Treasure Mountain Festival In Franklin Sept 19-21," Inter-Mountain, 9-3-1986.
"Valley's Pioneer Heritage Endures," Charleston Gazette, 8-21-1981.
"Wayside Inn 1850Witnesses Flood of '85 Seneca Rocks Fall," Inter Mountain, 10-27- 1987.
"West Virginia Sketch Book, Seneca Rocks," Parsons Advocate, 5-19-1966.

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