- Historic Sites
Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum/McClellan Headquarters
Birthplace of the Founder of Mother's Day, this house was the first field headquarters of Gen George McClellan. The house serves as a museum to Anna Jarvis with one room devoted to McClellan memorabilia.
Anna Jarvis was born in the village of Webster, Taylor County, West Virginia, on May 1, 1864, in a two-story wooden house built by her father, Granville E. Jarvis, in 1854. The family occupied the house for eleven years during one of the most exciting periods of American history.
The house became a focal point of the Civil War when General George B. McClellan used it as his headquarters, and his troops were encamped across the road in what is now Ocean Pearl Felton Historic Park. Webster at that time was an important depot for both troops and supplies. The Wheeling-Staunton Pike (Route 250) which ran in front of the house connected the two biggest cities in what was then the state of Virginia. The Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum is located four miles south of Grafton on U.S. Route 119/250.