HISTORY OF WEST ALEXANDER IN DONEGAL TOWNSHIP
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR...
...and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of West Alexander where you can experience the pace of an earlier era. The village has a quiet but vital history dating back to the late 1 700s.
By its geographical location built at the confluence of three ridges at the edge of territory that was once Virginia (now West Virginia), it became important as a gateway in the push westward. Donegal Township was on the political cusp at the time of the Civil War.
Its location and the lack of marriage laws lended itself as a celebrated marriage mill, or "Gretna Green" for the tni-state area during the 1800s.
The settlement, once bustling with commerce as a key stagecoach stop on the National Road, now boasts a reflective atmosphere. Here you can take the time to consider the styles of architecture used to develop this proud village.
Cemetery enthusiasts should bring their kits. Three burial grounds, dating from 1 790s to the present are open to browse. Veterans of every conflict are interred here and honored each Memorial Day.
To reach the Village from 1-70 at Exit 1, Turn R at the end of the ramp and L at the T intersection, which is Main Street.
Written by the West Alexander Historical Society
For Information: 724-484-7475 or www.westalex.com