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Dixie in Fluvanna County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Point of Fork

 
 
Point of Fork Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
1. Point of Fork Marker
Inscription. Four miles southeast is Point of Fork, near which an Indian village stood in 1607. In the Revolution a state arsenal was there. In June, 1781, Simcoe, sent by Cornwallis with a small force to destroy the stores there, succeeded in making Baron Steuben, the American commander, believe the whole British Army to be near. Steuben retreated, leaving the stores to be destroyed.
 
Erected 1930 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number F-50.)
 
Location. 37° 46.926′ N, 78° 14.094′ W. Marker is in Dixie, Virginia, in Fluvanna County. Marker is at the intersection of James Madison Highway (U.S. 15) and Virginia Route 6, on the left when traveling south on James Madison Highway. Click for map. It is in a small park in the triangle formed by the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Fork Union VA 23055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fluvanna County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fork Union Academy (approx. 2 miles away); Fork Union Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Fork Union Military Academy (approx. 2.1 miles away); John Jasper (approx. 2.1 miles away); Abraham Seay (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rassawek (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Fork (approx. 3.3 miles away).
Point of Fork Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
2. Point of Fork Marker
Route 6, heading east towards the left, heads towards Point of Fork. Route 15 is behind the photographer.

 
More about this marker. The marker is about 4½ miles northwest from Columbia, Virginia, on the James River, near Point of Fork.
 
Regarding Point of Fork. Edgar Allan Poe spent some childhood summers at Point of Fork plantation.
 
Also see . . .
1. Point of Fork Brief History. “Every American president between George Washington and Abraham Lincoln either visited or stayed at Point of Fork depending on the years of their presidency. History records, ‘it did not appear that construction on Point of Fork (the big house) began until 1834.’ A house identical in every way to Point of Fork, Glen Arvon, was built in 1836, thus through time history has dubbed these two houses as ‘the twin houses on the James,’ the first of Virginia’s James River plantation homes.” (Submitted on April 9, 2009.) 

2. Engagement at Point of Fork. Site detailing the Revolutionary War battle at Point of Fork. (Submitted on February 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at Intersection Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
3. Marker at Intersection
The marker can be seen in the distance under the route signs. State Route 6 westbound joins U.S. Route 15 southbound at this fork for a few miles before it branches right to continue on its way to Afton Mountain from Richmond.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,124 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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