Watters Smith Memorial State Park

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Coordinates: 39°10′16″N 80°24′29″W / 39.17111°N 80.40806°W / 39.17111; -80.40806
Watters Smith Memorial State Park
West Virginia State Park
Watters Smith Memorial State Park.jpg
Buildings from the Watters Smith family farm.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Harrison
Elevation 1,033 ft (314.9 m)
Coordinates 39°10′16″N 80°24′29″W / 39.17111°N 80.40806°W / 39.17111; -80.40806
Area 532 acres (215.3 ha)
Established 1949 [1]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Lost Creek, West Virginia
Location of Watters Smith Memorial State Park in West Virginia
Website: Watters Smith Memorial State Park

Watters Smith Memorial State Park is a 532-acre (2.15 km2) historical park and national historic district with a pioneer homestead and museum located in Harrison County, West Virginia. The homestead, rising above Duck Creek, is a memorial to settler Watters Smith, who was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1767, and moved to Harrison County in what was then Virginia, in 1796, with his wife Elizabeth Davisson Smith.[2] A log cabin similar to the original was moved and reconstructed on the park, together with farm buildings typical of early 19th century settlement. The more modern Smith family home (c. 1876) has been restored as a museum, and an additional museum houses many local farm artifacts from earlier eras. Guided tours are offered from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. In addition, the park features swimming, picnicking, hiking trails, and horseback riding.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 as the Watters Smith Farm on Duck Creek.[3]

Mountain Biking[edit]

Watters Smith Park has become a local hot spot for mountain biking. The park boasts a bike wash and maintenance area and over 12 miles of single track riding including numerous technical sections and elevation gains. With up-to-date maps and well marked trails, the park offers trails for every skill level from beginner to expert.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Watters Smith Memorial State Park History, accessed April 1, 2008
  2. ^ Ann Post (September 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Watters Smith Farm on Duck Creek". State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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