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Near Falling Spring in Alleghany County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Breckenridge

 
 
Fort Breckenridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2014
1. Fort Breckenridge Marker
Inscription. Three miles west at the mouth of Falling Spring Creek was a post garrisoned by militia under Capt. Robert Breckenridge. Washington inspected it in 1756. It survived an attack by Shawnees under Cornstalk during Pontiac's war in 1763.
 
Erected 1961 by Virgina State Library. (Marker Number D 26.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 37° 52.686′ N, 79° 55.394′ W. Marker is near Falling Spring, Virginia, in Alleghany County. Marker is on U.S. 220 2.7 miles south of County Route 606, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hot Springs VA 24445, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Falling Spring Falls (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Road to the Kanawha (approx. 2.8 miles away); Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens (approx. 6.2 miles away); Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away); Oakland Presbyterian Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); a different marker also named Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Fort Breckenridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2014
2. Fort Breckenridge Marker
(approx. 6.3 miles away); Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Fort Young (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Falling Spring.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Breckenridge, aka Fort Mann. Interestingly, this is not the text currently identified for this marker by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The official wording, approved in 1999, is:
Fort Breckenridge, also called Fort Mann, stood three miles west at the mouth of Falling Spring Creek. It was built by 1756 during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) as one in a series of fortifications to protect Virginia's frontier. Capt. Robert Breckenridge and his militia garrisoned the fort, which was inspected by Col. George Washington on his frontier tour in 1756. In 1763, during Pontiac's War (1763-1764), the Shawnee chief Cornstalk led a force against the fort but was defeated in a hard fought engagement. (Submitted on November 25, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesWar, French and Indian
 
Marker along US 220 Photo, Click for full size
By Dawn Bowen, July 22, 2007
3. Marker along US 220
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,378 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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