Bluestar Memorial Markers

Blue Star Memorial Highway markers

Brief History of WV Blue Star Dedications

The first West Virginia Blue Star Marker was dedicated in Weirton on May 27, 1970.  It was lost during road construction in 1972.  Gauley Bridge Garden Club voted to place West Virginia’s second Blue Star but was vetoed by the D.O.H.  Vesta Van Meter and Beulah Hash dedicated the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Blue Stars in 1986 (on the new interstates) and won the NGCSC Award.  Van Meter loaned this chairman her invaluable award book to copy.  Huntington, Charleston, and Princeton dedicated #5, #6, and #7.  The first seven were large markers.  Also, Ann Sampson installed the Princeton Blue Star as a wall mount, which was the first of its kind in West Virginia.

Mary Booker, Roadside Development/Blue Star Chairman under Ann Sampson (1991-93) received a wonderful gift from Mrs. Carl Michael, a former West Virginian in Sun Valley, CA, in honor of her father.  Mary requested that five garden clubs sponsor Blue Star Memorials in the December 1992 issue of WV Garden News, and Huntington Garden Club was the first to respond.  Mrs. Michael gave another gift under Patty Hudson/Sandra Walters (1993-95).  Mary Frances Snyder/Jane H. Lundblad (1995-97) completed the dedication of the Mrs. Carl Michael Blue Stars with the exception of the Emma Scott Garden Club of Elkins.  Judy Guye, mayor of Elkins, noted that it was not dedicated until 2000 because of Corridor H Road difficulties.  Approximately 14 Blue Star Markers were placed with this gift from 1993 until 2000 and are denoted with an asterisk beside its size.

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DEDICATED WVGC BLUE STAR MEMORIALS

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Any additions or corrections should be submitted Sadie Brash sadiebrash@yahoo.com     Blue Star Memorial Chairman

 1. Veterans Memorial Park – Old Trails
Rt. 22 near Weirton – Large Marker
May 27, 1970 (lost in 1972 – to be replaced)

 2.  Shenandoah – Potomac District – All Clubs – Shenandoah-Potomac District
I-81 N Rest Stop near Martinsburg – Large Marker
May 14, 1986

 3.  Greenbrier District – All Clubs – Greenbrier District
I-64 W Rest Stop between White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg – Large Marker
September 12, 1986

4.  Monongahela-Cheat District – All Clubs – Monongahela-Cheat District
I-79 S Rest Stop North of Morgantown – Large Marker
September 19, 1986

5.  Ohio-Guyan District – All Clubs – Ohio-Guyan District
I-64 E near Huntington – Large Marker
October 21, 1988

 6.  Kanawha District & Landscape Design Critics Council – All Clubs – Kanawha District
State Capitol Grounds – Greenbrier St. in Charleston – Large Marker
November 11, 1991

7.  Greenbrier District – All Clubs – Greenbrier District
Rt. 77 & 460 Visitors Center – Princeton – Large Marker
October 28, 1992

8.   South Charleston – All Clubs – Kanawha District
Veterans Park at MacCorkle Ave. in South Charleston – Small Marker
c. _____________

9.  Huntington Garden Club – Huntington – Ohio-Guyan District
City Hall on Fifth St. in Huntington – Small Marker*
May __, 1993

 10.   Honeysuckle Garden Club at Gilbert – Ohio-Guyan District
In front of Visitors Center – R.D. Bailey Dam near Justice – Small Marker*
June 13, 1993

11. Hemlock Hills Garden Club – Logan (Man) – Ohio-Guyan District
First at Buffalo Library then moved to Memorial Garden at Mallory – Small Marker*
November 11, 1993

 12.  Logan Garden Council – All Clubs – Ohio-Guyan District

  Wall of Museum – Chief Logan State Park near Logan – Rt. 10 – Small Marker*
November 13, 1993

 13.  Meadow River Garden Club near Rainelle – Greenbrier District
East of Rainelle on Rt. 60 W – Small Marker*
April 15, 1994

 14.   Rhododendron Garden Club in Richwood – Appalachian District 
(will be moved ASAP) Rt. 39 & 15 near a new bridge – Small Marker*
May 12, 1994

 15.   Goff Plaza Garden Club at Clarksburg – Mon-Cheat District
Joyce St. exit – Rt. 50 E in circle beside cemetery – Small Marker*
November 11, 1994

 16.   Bluefield and Rhododendron Garden Clubs at Bluefield – Greenbrier District
Intersection of Bland & Cumberland – Small Marker*
c. _____________

17. Red Bud Garden Club at Oak Hill – Appalachian District
State Police Headquarters on E. Main St. at Oak Hill – Small Marker*
June 30, 1995

18. Judy’s Garden Club at Sutton in Appalachian District
Rt. 79 N near Servia – Small Marker *
Memorial Day Weekend, 1997

 19.  Governor Johnson Garden Club in Bridgeport – Mon-Cheat District
Rt. 50 E – Main St. in Bridgeport near Filtration Plant – Small Marker*
February 6, 1998

 20.  Appalachian District – All Clubs – Appalachian District
Visitors Center – 310 Oiler St. – Fayette Chamber of Commerce – Large Marker*
June 19, 1998

 21.  Philippi Garden Club – Philippi-Ohio-Guyan District
Rt. 250 – A.B. College side on right before crossing historic bridge – Small Marker*
November 11, 1999

22.  Emma Scott Garden Club – Elkins – Tygart Valley District
Rt. 219 & Rt. 33 Junction in Elkins – Small Marker*
November 11, 2000

23.  Emma Scott Garden Club – Elkins – Tygart Valley District
City Park at Randolph Ave. & Park St.. in Elkins – Small Marker
November 11, 2004

24.  Salem Garden Club – Salem – Mon-Cheat District
Alt. 50 E in Salem’s Memorial Park – Small Marker
November 13, 2004

 25.   Blennerhassett District – All Clubs – Blennerhassett District
Williamstown Rest Stop off of Rt. 77 – Small Marker
May 17, 2005

26.  Hill & Hollow Garden Club – Spencer – Blennerhassett District
Left side of Court House – Spencer – Rt. 33 – Large Marker
September 22, 2005

27.  Phymosia Garden Club – Beckley – Appalachian District
New City Park on Neville St. in Beckley – Small Marker
October 13, 2005

28.  The Covered Bridge Garden Club – Milton – Ohio-Guyan District
U.S. Rt. 60 City Park near Airplane Site – Milton – Large Marker
November 10, 2005

29.  Mon-Cheat District – All Clubs – Mon-Cheat District
I-68 W – New Visitors Center – Large Marker
November 11, 2005

30.  Woodcliff Garden Club – Beckley – Appalachian District
Beckley VA Medical Center – Large Marker
April 2, 2006 (WVGC State Convention)

31. Hemlock Hills Garden Club – Man (Logan) – Ohio-Guyan District
Routes 10 & 86 at Huff Junction in Man – Large Marker
May 6, 2006

32.  Berkeley Co. Council – All Clubs – Shenandoah-Potomac District
VA Medical Center in Martinsburg – Rt. 9 – Large Marker
May 19, 2006

33. Garden Council of Jefferson & Berkeley Counties – All Clubs – Shenandoah- Potomac District 
Rt. 340 S of Charlestown – Large Marker
May 19, 2006 – Dedicated;   Installed June 5, 2006

34.  High Country Garden Club at Rainelle – Appalachian District
Routes 60 & 10 (Corless Road) West of Rainelle – Small Marker
May 27, 2006

35.   Moundsville and Washington Lands Garden Clubs – Moundsville-Old Trails District

Marshall County Court House at Moundsville – Large Marker

May 29, 2006

36. Quiet Dell Garden Club – Quiet Dell – Mon-Cheat District

I-79 exit 115 and take Rt. 20 S (within 100yds.)

June 30, 2006

37.   Huntington Council of Garden Clubs – All Clubs – Ohio-Guyan District
Rt. 60 E at Ceredo – Large Marker P
July 1, 2006

38.  Bridgeport Garden Club – Bridgeport – Mon-Cheat District
I-79 N Rest Stop at Bridgeport – Small Marker
September 26, 2006

 39.  Bridgeport Garden Club – Bridgeport – Mon-Cheat District
I-79 S Rest Stop at Bridgeport – Small Marker
September 26, 2006

 40.   Wildwood Garden Club – Williamson – Ohio-Guyan District
P.O. – corner of Harvey & 2nd Ave. – Williamson – Large
November 6, 2006

 41.   WV Garden Club Inc – All Clubs – Mon-Cheat District
First WV Veterans Nursing Home near Clarksburg’s VA Hospital complex near Rt. 19 S – Large Marker
November 11, 2006

42.  Stargazer Garden Club – French Creek – Tygart Valley District
Memorial Park intersection (Rts. 4 & 20) – Rock Cave – Large Marker
November 12, 2006

43.   Ohio-Guyan District-All Clubs-Ohio Guyan District

I-64 E. Near Huntington-Refurbished-10/21/88-Large Marker

February 2, 2007

44.   Vienna Garden Club at Vienna—Blennerhasset District

Neal School at Vienna—Large Marker

April 20, 2007

45.   W. Alban-Kan-Alban-at St. Alban-Ohio-Guyan District

City Hall at St. Alban-Small Marker

June 8, 2007

46.  Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club-at Point Pleasant-Ohio-Guyan District

Gunn Park-Large Marker

June 20, 2007

47. Paden City Garden Club, Old Trails District

Paden City High School- Small Marker
 September 3, 2007

48.  Weston Garden Club at Jane Lew- Tygaret Valley District

Veterans Memorial at Jane Lew-Large Marker

September 16, 2007

49.   Weston Garden Club at Jane Lew-Tygart Valley District

Lewis County Park at Jane Lew-Large Marker

November 11, 2007

50.  Ohio-Guyan District Garden Club at Huntington-Ohio-Guyan District

VA Medical Center at Huntington-Large Marker

May 17, 2008

51.  Eden Island Garden Club at Middleborne-Blennerhassett District

I-77S.- Mineral Wells Rest Area-Small Marker

July 3, 2008

52.  Lubeck Acres Garden at Parkersburg-Blennerhassett District

City Park at Parkersburg-Small Marker

July 3, 2008

53.   High Country Garden at Corliss- Appalachian District

Summersville Courthouse-Large Marker

August 16, 2008

54.   Huntington Council-Village of Barboursville at Huntington-Ohio Guyan District

WV Veterans Home in Barboursville-Large Marker

October 11, 2008

55.   Beechwood Estates- W. Alban Garden Club-Kan-Alban Garden Club at Scott Depot-Ohio-Guyan District

I-64 East & West, Hurricane Rest Areas-Large Marker

October 20, 2008

56.   Beechwood Estates Garden Club-W. Alban Garden Club-Kan-Alban Garden Club- Ohio-GuyanDistrict

Rt. 60 Roadside Park-Large Marker

October 20, 2008

57.  Appalachian Disrict Garden Clubs-All Clubs

Braxton Co.-I-79 Rest Stop-Frametown-Small Marker

2008

58.  Fred Brooks Garden Club-Tygrat Valley

All Clubs-Rt.33 Morton at Buckhannon-(original destroyed by motorist)-Large Marker

2008

59.   Greenbrier District Garden Club

Bluefield-Kimball-WWI Memorial Forgotten Black Veterans-Large Marker

April 4, 2009

60.  Blennerhassett District-All Clubs

Parkersburg-Parkersburg Armory-Large Marker

May 3, 2009

61.   Monongalia County Garden Council at Morgantown-Monongahela-Cheat District

WVU Evansdale Campus-Morgantown-Large Marker

May 25, 2009

62.  Shenandoah-Potomac-District-All Clubs

I-81 South-WV & VA Border-Martinsburg-Large Marker

October 19, 2009

63.  Old Trails District-All Clubs

Weirton-Steel Workers Veterans Memorial-Large Marker

May 31, 2010

64.   Bluefield Garden Club at Bluefield-Greenbrier District

Princeton War Memorial Museum at Princeton-Large Marker

May 11, 2011

65.   Honeysuckle Garden Club at Gilbert-Ohio Guyan District

Gilbert-Large Marker

May 21, 2011

66.  Whispering Pines at Craigsville- Appalachian District

Craigsville, 60’ Flower Bed at Welcome Sign-Large Marker

May 21, 2011

67.  Meadow River Garden Club at Rainelle-Greenbrier District

transferred a refurbished Star to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Park-Large Marker

May 30, 2011

68.   Rhododendron Garden Club at Richwood-Appalachian District

Richwood-Large Marker

May, 2012

 69.  Cowen Garden Club at Cowen-Appalachian District Garden Club

located the corner at Cowen Fire Department-Large Marker

May 26, 2012

70.   Old Trails District Garden Club-All Clubs

I-70 Welcome Center-Wheeling-Large Marker

September 21, 2012

71.   Hemlock Hills Garden Club at Oceana-Ohio-Guyan District

located across from the Veterans Memorial in Gilliland Park-Large Marker

November 12, 2012

72.   Wildwood Garden Club at Williamson-Ohio-Guyan District

replaced Star hit by motorist at the entrance to Williamson-Large Marker

November 12, 2012

73.  Woodland Oaks Garden Club at Oak Hill-Appalachian District

Placed small marker on a native stone in a rock garden along the White Oak Rail Trail near the Oak Hill Fire Department-Small Marker

November 12, 2012

74.   Monongahela-Cheat District-All Clubs

Grafton Veterans National Cemetery-Large Marker

December 7, 2012

75.  Knobley Mountain Garden Club at Keyser-Tygart Valley District

Rt. 50-Burlington-Mineral Co.  Historical Foundation-Traveler’s Rest-historically registered Old Stone House-Large Marker

January 20, 2013

76.  Skyview Garden Club at Charleston-Kanawha District

Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery in Dunbar-Large Marker

August 16, 2013

77.  Fred Brooks Garden Club at Buckhannon-Tygart Valley

Upshur County Courthouse in Buckhannon-Small Marker

September 11, 2013

78.  Ansted Garden at Ansted-Appalachian District

US 60 Midland Trail in Ansted-Large Marker

May 18, 2013

79.  Webster Springs Garden Club at Webster Springs-Appalachian District

Courthouse Square-Webster Springs-Large Marker

November 11, 2013

80. Emma Scott Garden Club-Tygart Valley District

Little Arlington Cemetery-Randolph County-Large
June 14, 2016

81.  Cranberry Garden Club-Monongalia County Council

Terra Alta Memorial Park-Large Marker

 October 7, 2016

82.   Monongalia-Cheat District Garden Club-All Clubs

Grafton National Cemetery, 431 Walnut Street, Grafton-Large Marker
 November 4, 2016