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

Russellís Fort

Russellís Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
1. Russellís Fort Marker
Inscription. On the hill to the north stood Russellís Fort, an important link in the chain of forts built to protect settlers on Clinch River in the Indian War of 1774. William Russell, who established it, was a prominent soldier of the Revolution.
Erected 1932 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number X-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Clinch River Forts Circa 1774 marker series.
Location. 36° 52.638′ N, 82° 16.428′ W. Marker is in Castlewood, Virginia, in Russell County. Marker is on Memorial Drive (County Route 683) east of Quarry Road (County Route 694), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castlewood VA 24224, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Russell County Courthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mooreís Fort (approx. 3.4 miles away); Dortonís Fort (approx. 4.7 miles
Russellís Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
2. Russellís Fort Marker
away); Jesseeís Mill (approx. 6.6 miles away); Early Settlers in Russell County (approx. 7.5 miles away); Glade Hollow Fort (approx. 8.7 miles away); Russell Courthouse (approx. 10.9 miles away); Patrick Hagan and Dungannon (approx. 11.3 miles away).
More about this marker. Back in 1932, Virginia historical markers were only erected on primary roads. This marker has not been moved. When this marker was erected, this roadway was a Virginia primary road, Route 64, that ran from Norton to Lebanon via Coeburn and St. Paul.
Also see . . .  Frontier Forts in Southwestern Virginia. 1968 sketch by Emory L. Hamilton. “It has been stated by some writers that not a single palisaded fort existed along the Clinch frontier until after the circulation of Lord Dunmore's order requesting that such be built. Those making these statements used the argument that after the end of the French and Indian War that peace existed and there was no need of palisaded forts. It is probably quite true that prior to 1774 there were no real palisaded forts, the inhabitants depending on strongly built fort houses with port holes for warding off surprise Indian attacks. Some of these still stand today, such as the old Osborne house in lower Castlewood and the Dickenson house on Clinch River north of Castlewood. However, those who aver that prior to 1774 peace existed between the Indians and whites need to review their frontier history.” (Submitted on October 21, 2015.) 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 72 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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