Limestone Community

Submitted by Phyllis Slater.

During the past few years this community has grown in popularity with families moving there from the city of Wheeling and other nearby areas of congestion. Waynesburg Pike, now known as State Route 250, is lined along both sides with homes and the nearby hills and hollows are cleared and used instead of being allowed to grow up with brush as most of the hills of this section of West Vilrginia are. It is a lovely drive.

Limestone Community was never a town. It has always been just a community. But a more busy community you have never seen. Of course what is a community but an un-incorporated town ? In the olden day this was a completely self-sustained community with all the necessary shops and stores and a large school that took care of the children from several of the other nearby ridges. There were the churches, saloons, blacksmiths, undertaker, general store, postoffice and the people of the community were closely knit. Through much intermarriage most of them were related in one way or another.

I will add here the names of the ridges that make up the Limestone Community. Wayman's Ridge, Wood Hill; Dowler's Ridge, Fairview Ridge; Oak Dale and Limestone Ridge. These all fork off from State Route 250 with Limestone Ridge being the one 250 is built upon and where most of the stores and the school were located.

Limestone Ridge was probably the first to be settled. The white men found Indians living there when they first came into the area in the 1700s during and shortly after the Revolutionary War. It was then being called Maizeville by the Indians because they found the soil especially suitable for growing corn, or maize. This name became Maysville, in the language of the white man.

I can imagine the soil was the first attraction for the white man also. As most of those early settlers were farmers at heart. Then another attraction could have been the friendly Indians. These Indians didn't try to kill the white men off, they wanted to be their friends and much of the history of the Indians of this section of West Virginia was learned from these at Limestone.

The name Limestone was later given the community by Mr. Zane because of the limestone formations found to be there in large amounts.

Wayman's Ridge was so named for a family by the name of Wayman who first settled on that ridge. Waymans still live in the area.

Wood Hill was named for Benjamin Hill who first settled there and built his cabin on a wooded hill. Benjamin was born in Ireland and first came to this area in 1818, settling in the community in about 1833. His papers of naturalization are dated August 1834.

Dowler's Ridge was settled about 1795 by George Dowler.

Fairview Ridge was of course named for it's view. And the early Indians and later on the white man used it as a lookout for unfriendly Indians. From it one still has a beautiful view of the Ohio River Valley, the Ohio shores, and up and down the river. Turn around and look for miles over the lovely hills into Pennsylvania to the East.

Then there was Oak Dale. This was not a ridge but rather two main roads brancing off from Limestone Ridge. Many families lived on these roads and there was a large Oak Dale school, named for the grove of Oaks it was built in.

From the History of Marshall County, 1984.

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