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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

1194 Carnifax Ferry Road, Summersville, WV 26651, USA

Nestled on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle site. On September 10, 1861, Union troops led by Brig. Gen. William S. Rosecrans engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position on the Henry Patterson farm, which overlooked Carnifex Ferry. The Confederate commander, Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, retreated across the ferry to the south side of the Gauley River and on eastward to Meadow Bluff near Lewisburg. This Civil War battle represented failure of a Confederate drive to regain control of the Kanawha Valley. As a result the movement for West Virginia statehood proceeded without serious threat from the Confederates.


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From Rt. 19, south of Summersville, take Rt. 129 west for approximately 5 miles to left turn on Carnifex Ferry Road. It's then 1 mile to park

Visitor Services

Patterson House Museum, information, rest rooms, picnic facilities, trails, digital brochures, four reservable shelters

Regular Events

Every other year in September, the battle is reenacted. The two day reenactment event includes living history demonstrations such as camp life and military drill. Walking tours led by the re-enactors are given each day.

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Park: Daily: Sunrise to sunset, Museum: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.



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