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  • The rhododendron On January 29, 1903, after a vote by schoolchildren, the rhododendron was designated West Virginia's official state flower . Read More »

  • West Virginia University February 7, 1867, the West Virginia Legislature founded the Agricultural College of West Virginia, now West Virginia University. Read More »

  • Tygart Valley Homesteads On February 11, 1935, the first houses in the Tygart Valley Homesteads were ready for occupancy. It was one of three projects was intended to provide a new start for unemployed farmers, miners and timber workers. Read More »

  • "Uncle Homer" Walker John Homer "Uncle Homer" Walker was born February 15, 1989, in Mercer County. Among the last in a tradition of black Appalachian banjo players, he played the five-string banjo in the clawhammer style. Read More »

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster On February 26, 1972, the Buffalo Creek Flood killed 125 people and left thousands homeless. Whole communities were destroyed and never rebuilt. Read More »

  • Marshall University February 27, 1867, Marshall College was established as a normal school for training teachers Read More »

This Date in History

February 21, 1865: Benjamin Kelley was captured by McNeill's Rangers

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General Benjamin Franklin Kelley (April 10, 1807-July 16, 1891) was born in New Hampshire, and moved to Wheeling in 1836. For more than two decades, Kelley was a merchant, and in 1851 he became freight agent for the newly arrived Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. When the Civil War began, Kelley formed the 1st (West) Virginia Infantry, and was named its colonel on May 22, 1861. Severely wounded in action at

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