Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--George & VanGilder Streets


My father, George VanGilder Hughes standing beside the streets in Morgantown, West Virginia named for his grandfather and namesake, George Ethelbert VanGilder. VanGilder Street is perpendicular to Stewart Street located above the campus of West Virginia University.

Four hundred acres of land was given to Robert Hill for his service in the Revolutionary War. Some of the land passed to Robert’s son, Joseph Davidson Hill and at his death passed to daughter, Mary Louise Hill who was married to John Oliphant VanGilder. The old VanGilder house with newer additions was originally the log cabin of the Hill family.

Photograph taken on a road trip for the annual VanGilder Reunion in the Winfield District, Marion County, West Virginia, summer 1995.

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