Fort Henry Speaker Series Concludes

WHEELING — The year-long Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series will conclude at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market St.

The final program is a presentation on the McColloch family by historian Margaret Brennan, descendant Robert A. McColloch and historian and author Alan Fitzpatrick.

Four McColloch brothers — John, George, Abram and Samuel — were among the first settlers in the Wheeling area. In 1770, they settled at Short Creek, arriving from the south branch of the Potomac River where they were acquainted with Ebenezer Zane and his brothers Jonathan, Silas, Andrew and Isaac. Ebenezer Zane was married to the McCollochs’ sister, Elizabeth.

John McColloch was the first sheriff of Ohio County. Maj. Samuel McColloch is famous as a daring, accomplished and brave scout whose leap off Wheeling Hill on horseback at the first siege of Fort Henry is one of the Ohio Valley’s greatest acts of pioneer heroism.

Co-hosted by the Wheeling chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Fort Henry chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, the Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series is sponsored by Wheeling Heritage.

The monthly programs have focused on Wheeling’s rich colonial and Revolutionary War heritage to commemorate the 240th anniversary year of the first siege of Fort Henry and the 235th anniversary of the second siege. All of the monthly programs have been videotaped and can be viewed online at