Rivers to Ridges along with Mason County Day reporting and AmeriCorps NCCC will be scraping and repainting the stage at the Mason County Fairgrounds.
Scary Creek Monument Relocation Project
Following a request from the Putnam County Historic Landmarks Commission, Rivers to Ridges is offering assistance in relocating a monument placed at the confluence of Scary Creek and the Kanawha River. The monument commemorates the Battle of Scary Creek which was fought between Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War.
The present site of the monument has poor access for potential visitors and is encircled by property owned by an active landscaping business. The monument will be moved across the creek to an improved landscape and an interpretative panel will be installed to tell the story of the battle and the soldiers who fought there. A July 2015 dedication is planned.
Historic Hoge House
Moving the Structure
New Addition Construction
Built in 1838, the Hoge House eventually became the home of Putnam County’s attorney and eventual circuit judge in the young state of West Virginia. James W. Hoge moved into the house in the 1850’s. In 1856 he became a Commonweath Attorney for Virginia and later represented Putnam County at the State Convention where he voted against Virginia’s secession from the union. Nonetheless Hoge supported the Confederacy. The house was relocated from its original location and now is in a site behind the Putnam County Court House in Winfield. The house is a one-story built in a Federal-style architecture. There is a cemetery with 24 Hoge family graves on the hill overlooking the house. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Rivers to Ridges is presently supporting efforts of the Historic Hoge House Foundation to complete renovations and construct an addition on the back of the house. The addition will act as a museum, have an office, and public restroom.