The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 19, 2012

West Virginia firsts

— — Jackson’s Mill is the site of the first 4-H camp in the United States.

— The first major land battle of the Civil War was the battle of Philippi on June 3, 1861.

— West Virginia’s memorial tunnel was the first in the nation to be monitored by television.

— Mrs. Minnie Buckingham Harper was appointed to the House of Delegates in 1928, making her the first African American woman to become a member of a legislative body in the United States.

— The first rural free mail delivery was started in Charles Town on Oct. 6, 1896.

— The first steel cut nails were manufactured in West Virginia in 1883.