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

Roark’s Gap Incident

Roark’s Gap Incident Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
1. Roark’s Gap Incident Marker
Inscription. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) and the American Revolution (1775 1783), European powers encouraged their Indian allies to attack frontier settlers. Such conflicts took place as settlers moved into lands that once were Indian territory. During the winter of 1780, a food shortage caused hardship for people and animals. While James Roark, an early settler of this region, and two of his sons went on a hunting trip, Indians attacked his home, on 18 Mar. 1780. The Indians, alleged to be Shawnee, killed Roark’s wife and seven of their children. This event was unanticipated by the settlers because snow covered the ground.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number X-29.)
Location. 37° 7.757′ N, 81° 37.268′ W. Marker is near North Tazewell, Virginia, in Tazewell County. Marker is at the intersection of Baptist Valley Road (County Route 631) and Jumps Road (County Route 637), on the left when traveling west on Baptist Valley Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Tazewell VA 24630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mathias Harman, Sr. (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pisgah United Methodist Church
Roark’s Gap Incident Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
2. Roark’s Gap Incident Marker
(approx. 2.7 miles away); Big Crab Orchard Or Witten’s Fort (approx. 2.7 miles away); Indian-Settler Conflicts (approx. 4.3 miles away); Tazewell (approx. 5.4 miles away); William Wynne’s Fort (approx. 7 miles away); First Court for Tazewell County (approx. 7.3 miles away); Molly Tynes’s Ride (approx. 8.6 miles away but has been reported missing).
Also see . . .  The Roark Massacre — Sanford Line. “The harsh winter had not yet snapped in the Baptist Valley of southwest Virginia, and the ground was covered with snow. Indian predations had been halted since the previous summer when the neighboring Evans family had been massacred by the Shawnee, so James had probably become secure in the relative tranquility of the area. Because of the long, hard winter, even those pioneers who had livestock were finding that little meat was still available, so James was compelled to set out that morning with his two older sons to hunt for their provisions.rdquo; (Submitted on October 20, 2015.) 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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