The Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum is located in the village of Webster, four miles south of Grafton on U.S. Highways 119 & 250. Through Anna Jarvis' efforts, President Woodrow Wilson designated, in 1914, the second Sunday in May to be "Mother's Day."
Anna Jarvis was born in this two story wooden house on May 1, 1864. The house was built by Anna's father, Granville E. Jarvis, in 1854. The family occupied the house for eleven years during one of the most exciting periods of American history.
The house became a focal point of the Civil War when General George B. McClellan used it as his headquarters, and his troops were encamped across the road in what is now Ocean Pearl Felton Historic Park. Webster at that time was an important depot for both troops and supplies. The Wheeling-Staunton Pike (Route 250) which ran in front of the house connected the two biggest cities in what was then the state of Virginia.
March through December
Tuesday through Sunday & all holidays
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Adults - $4.00
Seniors - $3.00
Students - $2.00
Children under 6 - Free
Group discounts are available by arrangements
Just 7.4 miles south of Grafton is beautiful Tygart Lake State Park. It is a magnet for boating and fishing enthusiasts and also a favorite for nature lovers of all types.
The park is nestled in the the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Its centerpiece, 1,740-acre Tygart Lake. was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1938. Overlooking the lake is a modern lodge with a restaurant and rooms that offer gorgeous views of the lake. There is also a marina, boat launching ramps, a campground, hiking trails, picnic shelters and other recreational opportunities.
I spent a very pleasant afternoon alone at the park, and made a promise to my self to return when Karen could come back with me.