We happened up one street and found the McMechen cemetery, located near where the original settler Captain William McMechen's cabin stood.
As I looked around, I could see why he would choose this spot: it was far enough away from the Ohio river to avoid flooding and provided an excellent view of the opening of the hollow so that anyone approaching could be seen immediately. In those early days (1771) threat of attack by the Native Americans in the area was very real and there are several accounts of massacres along the river, including one near here, known as the Foreman Massacre. (The men killed in that attack are buried at the Mount Rose cemetery in nearby Moundsville--another cemetery I need to visit).
|photo from Find a Grave|
I learned at the library that McMechen was named after Captain McMechen, and neighboring Benwood was named after his son Benjamin, and is an abbreviation of Ben's Wood, the property Benjamin owned.
This stone intrigued me. Who was Grandma Williams? She lived a long life certainly.
The plant I know as Spanish Dagger protects an old stone.
There were several graves here with a cast iron cover like this one. I do not believe I have seen any like this, although I have seen some cast iron gravestones before. I suppose the opening was for planting flowers?
There is a certain charm in little towns like this one. Close-built houses, narrow streets, and empty storefronts that offer an opportunity to speculate on what businesses once operated within. Town was quiet the day we were there. It was hot and rain threatened.
In McMechen, the fire department houses a vintage firetruck and a memorial to a longtime fire chief.
Some memorials have an eternal flame; this one is continually running water, and what could be more fitting for a firefighter?
We found three buildings painted with the Mail Pouch logo:
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