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Rare survey tool owned by president displayed

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
June 21st, 2010

The Dominion Post

A rare surveying tool that once belonged to George Washington was on display Friday as the West Virginia and Regional History Collection (WVRHC), along with WVU Libraries, celebrated West Virginia Day with “A Rich and Bountiful Country: The Quest for Land on the Trans-Allegheny Frontier.”

This year’s West Virginia Day celebration and exhibit linked Monongalia County’s colonial land-granting and iron production history with the piece of surveying equipment that was recently acquired by the WVRHC.

West Virginia Day is Sunday, commemorating West Virginia’s creation and admission to the Union, in 1863.

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Ron Rittenhouse/The Dominion Post
A surveying tool that once belonged to George Washington was on display Friday. At the tip of one of the measures are the initials “GW” and the date “1781.”

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Libraries to Celebrate West Virginia Day on Friday

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
June 15th, 2010

By Liz Dickinson
WVU Today

A rare surveying tool that once belonged to George Washington will be on display Friday (June 18) as the West Virginia and Regional History Collection, along with West Virginia University Libraries, celebrates West Virginia Day with “A Rich and Bountiful Country: The Quest for Land on the Trans-Allegheny Frontier.

This year’s West Virginia Day celebration and exhibit links Monongalia County’s colonial land-granting and iron production history with the piece of surveying equipment that was recently acquired by the WVRHC. West Virginia Day is Sunday, June 20, commemorating West Virginia’s creation and admission to the Union in 1863.

It is believed Washington presented this surveying tool, known as a circumferenter, to Samuel Jackson, pioneer of the region’s 19th Century iron industry, in 1784 during Washington’s visit to Fayette County, Pa. shortly after the Revolutionary War.
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