The City of Ronceverte will celebrate the 78th anniversary of the dedication of the historic Thomas Edgar Marker in downtown Ronceverte during a ceremony set for Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m. The marker commemorates Thomas Edgar, Greenbrier County surveyor, who laid out the city of Lewisburg in 1782. Later, Edgar had a land grant for the area now known as Ronceverte. The marker shows the location of Edgar’s first home in Ronceverte in 1793 when the area was known as Saint Lawrence Ford.
The original marker was placed on the corner of Frankford Road and Main Street in Ronceverte on June 18, 1938, during the 150th celebration of Greenbrier County. On hand at that time were Judge George McClintic, an appointee of the Southern District Federal Court and descendent of Ann Mathews Edgar, wife of Thomas Edgar. Also on hand for the unveiling was Martha Ann Edgar, daughter of George Edgar.
The City of Ronceverte has just completed the restoration of the marker which had become cracked and broken over the past 78 years. “The city knew of the importance of the restoration of this marker and what it means to the history of the town,” said Sue Ella Miano, member of the Ronceverte Historic Landmarks Commission. “We have ensured the repointing of the stone work and are working to restore the bronze marker with new rosettes and a good cleaning. We want the marker to be restored to its 1938 look as well as ensure that it continues to be an important to this historic district of downtown for the next 80 years.”
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the corner of Frankford Road and Main Street at the foot of the hill entrance into Ronceverte. “We invite anyone interested in joining us for this rededication of this important monument to the town’s founding family,” said Mayor David Smith. For more information, contact city hall at 304-647-5455.