Historic Charleston: The First 225 Years

Billy Joe Peyton

Published by HPN Books, 2013
ISBN 10: 1939300193 / ISBN 13: 9781939300195
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Synopsis: Historic Charleston: The First 225 Years tells the compelling story of Charleston and Kanawha County beginning with the area s earliest inhabitants, the mysterious mound builders, and the first Anglo settlers in the 18th century. It recounts the establishment of Fort Lee by Col. George Clendenin in 1788 and also Charles Town in 1794. Stories of American heroes, like Daniel Boone, have impacted the story of Charleston and will be a part of the narrative. It tells about the antebellum salt industry, which led the nation in production but enslaved thousands of African Americans in the process. The issue of slavery prior and during the Civil War is explored. The establishment of the city as the capital of West Virginia, along with development of Charleston, driven by coal, natural gas, glass, timber, and chemical production, is central to the story. It shows how today s Charleston and Kanawha County have become the place to call home for nearly 200,000 West Virginians.

About the Author: Dr. Billy Joe Peyton grew up on Charleston s West Side and is a proud 1975 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School. He received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in History from West Virginia University. Peyton has over 25 years of experience as a public historian, administrator and teacher. His varied career has included work as project manager for a coal mine stabilization project, historian on National Park Service recording projects, grant writer and historian for a PBS affiliate, associate director of the Institute for the History of Technology & Industrial Archaeology at West Virginia University, cultural resource specialist for a historic architect, and high school history teacher. In 2002, Peyton joined the faculty at West Virginia State University, where he is an Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department. Peyton s publication credits include entries in the West Virginia Encyclopedia, a chapter in The National Road, and his own book titled Charleston Then and Now. He has also participated in numerous documentary films, such as Ghosts of Green Bottom, Red Salt & Reynolds, and The Midland Trail, and may be seen on the West Virginia installment of The 50 States series airing on the History Channel. Peyton is active in a number of local and regional history and preservation effort. He is a former rugby player and marathon runner who enjoys traveling the world with his lovely wife, Christine. The pair lives with their two dogs in a 100-year old home in Charleston s East End Historic District.

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Title: Historic Charleston: The First 225 Years
Publisher: HPN Books
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition.

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