Watters Smith Memorial State Park

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Watters Smith Memorial State Park
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Buildings from the Watters Smith family farm.
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Location of Watters Smith Memorial State Park in West Virginia
Location Harrison, West Virginia, United States
Coordinates 39°10′16″N80°24′29″W / 39.17111°N 80.40806°W / 39.17111; -80.40806 Coordinates: 39°10′16″N80°24′29″W / 39.17111°N 80.40806°W / 39.17111; -80.40806
Area532 acres (215 ha)
Elevation1,033 ft (315 m)
Established1949 [2]
Website wvstateparks.com/park/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. [3] 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.

Harrison County, West Virginia County in the United States

Harrison County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 69,099. The county seat is Clarksburg.

West Virginia State of the United States of America

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It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 as the Watters Smith Farm on Duck Creek. [4]

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

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Mountain Biking

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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  1. "Watters Smith Memorial State Park". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. Watters Smith Memorial State Park History, accessed April 1, 2008
  3. 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.
  4. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.