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Watters Smith State Park

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Various dates. East side of Harrison County 25/6, 2 miles south of the intersection with WV 270 at West Milford
  • Barn (S. Allen Chambers, Jr.)
  • Corn crib (S. Allen Chambers, Jr.)

First settled in 1796, when Watters Smith built a log cabin, the farmstead remained in the family until 1949, when it was deeded to the state for a park. A large horse and cattle barn (c. 1835), corn crib and hog pen (c. 1840), smokehouse, and frame farmhouse (1876) containing a number of original furnishings are among the exhibits. An early log cabin formerly located in another state park has been rebuilt on the site of the original Smith cabin.

Watters Smith State Park provides an informative glimpse into the lifestyles of a later generation of West Virginians than the Fort New Salem reconstruction.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Watters Smith State Park", [Lost Creek, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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