PART 1: The Buckhannon River Treasure. In 1863 Lewis County farmer Walter Wilson learned of a legendary “treasure cave” supposedly located somewhere in neighboring Upshur County along the Buckhannon River. He was entrusted with a vaguely written map indicating the cave’s general location. Wilson died shortly after obtaining the map’s “key” and before he could launch a search for the hidden treasure.
Years later his grandson, Joseph Wilson, picked up the search but was unable to locate the map’s key. 20+ years of searching proved futile. in 1894 Wilson turned the map over to local author and historian Virgil McWhorter who later immortalized the tale in his 1915 book The Border Settlers of Southwestern Virginia.
The treasure cave, if it exists, has never been found.
PART 2: The Upshur County Doll House Treasure. In 1889 a man, calling himself Alfonso Marzo, came to southern Upshur County. He supposedly purchased a small tract of land along the Alexander & Rich Mountain Railroad from a local farmer names James Shahan. On this land he built a strange home, describe by those who saw it as a miniaturized version of a contemporary frame home. In essence, a human “Doll House.”
Marzo remains in the valley for about 4 years but kept mostly to himself, showing his face only when absolutely necessary. Around 1893 Marzo disappeared, leaving behind only his oddly sized home and questions. In 1911 James Shahan received a cryptic letter, supposedly addressed to him by Marzo. Marzo related a strange tail of $330,000.00 buried on or near the location of the “Doll House.” By 1911 this house had also disappeared and Marzo was never heard from again. So far as we know the treasure he referenced has never been found.
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