“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sterling in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Vestal's Gap Road

The Vestal's Gap Road Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
1. The Vestal's Gap Road Marker
Inscription. This sector of the road, through Claude Moore Park, closely resembles the road as it appeared in this area's early history. This great road ran from the port city of Alexandria, Virginia through Vestal's Gap of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It began as an animal trail, then was adopted by the Native Americans in this region as their path, and later was used by settlers as they moved from tidewater Virginia to that colony's western frontier.

Due to its association with people and events important in American history, a notable historian stated that it should be classified as one of the most historic roads in the United States.
Location. 39° 1.132′ N, 77° 24.374′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Old Vestals Gap Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located along the walking path and service road which follows the old road trace in Claude Moore Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sterling VA 20164, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named George Washington (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Braddock Campaign
Close Up of the Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
2. Close Up of the Map
The Map shows the course of Vestal's Gap Road, from Alexandria to the Shenandoah River, south of present day Harper's Ferry.
(about 700 feet away); Guilford Signal Station (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Vestal's Gap Road (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Vestal's Gap Road (about 700 feet away); Lanesville Architecture (about 700 feet away); Lanesville Historic Area (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sterling.
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The Vestal's Gap Road Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
3. The Vestal's Gap Road Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,045 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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