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Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Colonial Ford

 
 
A Colonial Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
1. A Colonial Ford Marker
Inscription. The Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the backcountry of the Carolinas crossed the Roanoke River here at Tosh's Ford, named for Thomas Tosh, in the eighteenth century. Nearby stood Daniel Evans's mill, another landmark on the road. A group of Moravians, among the many thousands of settlers who passed this way, crossed the ford at dawn on 2 Nov. 1783 en route from Bethlehem, Pa., to Bethabara, N.C. One wrote in his diary of the ford's "slippery stones" and reported that "a quarter of a mile beyond we came to Even's mill." Mill Mountain is named for Evans's mill.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-116.)
 
Location. 37° 15.279′ N, 79° 57.006′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Road SW (Virginia Route 220) and Wiley Drive, on the right when traveling north on Franklin Road SW. Click for map. At the Franklin Road entrance to Rivers Edge Sports Complex. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Roanoke Star (approx. one mile away); Roanoke (approx. one mile away); Frederick J. Kimball Memorial Fountain
A Colonial Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
2. A Colonial Ford Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Colonial National Bank Building (approx. 1.3 miles away); McNeil Drive (approx. 1.3 miles away); Roanoke City Market (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Train to Big Lick (approx. 1.4 miles away); Virginia Western Community College Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Roanoke.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Mill Mountain Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
3. Mill Mountain
Mentioned on the A Colonial Ford Marker, Mill Mountain is home to the Roanoke Star, the world's largest freestanding illuminated man-made star. In this picture, it is at the upper left. Constructed in 1949, it is lit up at night with red, white and blue lights and can be seen for many miles on a clear night.
The Colonial "Tosh's Ford" on the Roanoke River Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, November 16, 2008
4. The Colonial "Tosh's Ford" on the Roanoke River
The ford, or shallow point along the river that is favorable to crossing, mentioned in the marker is seen here. The point along the Roanoke River once called Tosh's Ford is now easily crossed by way of the Franklin Road bridge, from which this photo was taken. The large reflective building in the distance is Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, behind which towers Mill Mountain.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 949 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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