Watters Smith Memorial State Park
|Watters Smith Memorial State Park|
|West Virginia State Park|
Buildings from the Watters Smith family farm.
|Elevation||1,033 ft (314.9 m)|
|Area||532 acres (215.3 ha)|
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|Nearest city||Lost Creek, 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. 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.
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.
- Watters Smith Memorial State Park History, accessed April 1, 2008
- Ann Post (September 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Watters Smith Farm on Duck Creek" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
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