Monument Place was home to Moses and Lydia Shepherd. The Shepherd family's relationship with many politicians, especially Henry Clay, lead to National Road passing the Shepherd's home, Monument Place, and going through Wheeling. This effort on the Shepherd's behalf leads to Wheeling becoming more than a port city on the Ohio River--it leads to Wheeling industrializing much quicker than many nearby cities. Monument Place still stands today and is now owned by the Osiris Shrine Temple.
Monument Place was built alongside Wheeling Creek by Moses
Shepherd as a home for himself and his wife Lydia in 1798. Shepherd’s father David originally owned a
plantation on this land and built a fort on the site. This fort served as a refuge to families
living around the Wheeling Creeks; however, the Shepherd’s Fort was caught fire
and burnt down by Native Americans.
Following David Shepherd’s death in 1795 Moses inherited the land. Moses Shepherd became very wealthy by
building bridges that span over Wheeling Creek.
In fact, one of these bridges is still used today.
The Shepherds often visited Washington DC and soon became
friends with many politicians, such as Henry Clay, James Polk, and Andrew
Jackson. While some of these politicians,
especially Clay, passed through Wheeling they would often stay with the
Shepherds at Monument Place; it is rumored that Marquis de Lafayette even stayed
there while traveling through Wheeling.
Due to the Shepherd’s great relationship with Henry Clay they managed to
convince him to have National Road pass directly past Monument Place, which
benefitted a nearby general store that the Shepherds owned.