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Near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Champe Rocks

 
 
Champe Rocks Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
1. Champe Rocks Marker
Inscription. Near Champe Rocks is the home and grave of Sergeant John Champe who was sent by General Washington and Major Lee to kidnap Benedict Arnold, the traitor, from within the British lines. The daring plot almost succeeded.
 
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Location. 38° 53.917′ N, 79° 18.95′ W. Marker is near Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, in Pendleton County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 55 near Lower North Fork Road (County Highway 28/1), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the Spruce Knob / Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Rocks WV 26884, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp North Fork (approx. 3.1 miles away); St. George’s Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Smoke Hole Cave (approx. 4.2 miles away); A Melting Pot House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Sites Homestead (approx. 5.3 miles away); Eagle Rocks (approx. 5.3 miles away); 10th Mountain Division (approx. 5.5 miles away); More Than One Way Up (approx. 5.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seneca Rocks.
 
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Champe Rocks Marker and a Short Section of Champe Rocks image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
2. Champe Rocks Marker and a Short Section of Champe Rocks

1. Champe Rocks. “Champe Rocks is the large complex of faces and double fins seen when driving N on 28/55 from Seneca Rocks.” (Submitted on July 17, 2008.) 

2. John Champe, a Revolutionary War Double Agent Who Tries to Capture Benedict Arnold. Essay by Eugene Scheel. “[Washington’s] plan called for a soldier who could ride stealthily through the many American pickets and board a boat that would cross the Hudson. In New York, the American would present himself as a deserter and gain Arnold's confidence. With the aid of an accomplice, the American would kidnap Arnold and hustle him aboard a waiting boat.” (Submitted on July 17, 2008.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Champe Rocks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Champe Rocks Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,330 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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