Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

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Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park.jpg
Observation tower overlooking the Greenbrier River valley.
Map showing the location of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
Map showing the location of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
Location of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in West Virginia
LocationPocahontas, West Virginia, United States
Coordinates38°06′45″N 80°16′19″W / 38.11250°N 80.27194°W / 38.11250; -80.27194Coordinates: 38°06′45″N 80°16′19″W / 38.11250°N 80.27194°W / 38.11250; -80.27194
Area287 acres (116 ha)
Elevation3,104 ft (946 m)
EstablishedJuly 4, 1928[2]
Websitewvstateparks.com/park/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 battle of the American Civil War in the state. A West Virginia private in the Union 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.[3]

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 in October of even-numbered years by the West Virginia Reenactors Association.

The park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[4]

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.

Features[edit]

Droop Mountain Battlefield
Nearest cityMarlinton, West Virginia
Coordinates38°6′36″N 80°16′20″W / 38.11000°N 80.27222°W / 38.11000; -80.27222
NRHP reference #70000664
Added to NRHPJanuary 26, 1970[4]
  • Droop Mountain Museum with battle artifacts
  • Lookout Tower
  • hiking
  • Picnic areas with shelters
  • Tots playgrounds

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Dedication of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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