- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) - The town of Wayne will host a celebration in honor of the 174th anniversary of the town’s formation on January 18, 1842.

The Herald-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1OF3GwW ) Town Councilman Robert Thompson announced that the event will take place Saturday, Jan. 16 at Wayne Town Hall.

Thompson invited the public to attend the birthday celebration. Free cake and refreshments will be offered, and visitors are welcome to listen to the story of Laban Walker that evening. Walker was the only man legally hanged in Wayne County.

During the Civil War, the town of Wayne suffered greatly and was raided multiple times by Union forces.

Wayne was initially home to about 150 residents when it was incorporated in 1882. Thompson says it’s now home to nearly 1,500 people.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, https://www.herald-dispatch.com


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