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

Keyes Gap

Keyes Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2007
1. Keyes Gap Marker
Inscription. Formerly Vestal’s Gap. Historic gateway through the Blue Ridge into Shenandoah Valley. It was oftern used by Washington and by armies of the Blue and Gray, 1861–65. Here passed part of Braddock’s army, 1755, en route to Fort Duquesne.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 15.612′ N, 77° 46.247′ W. Marker was near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker was on West Virginia Route 9 one mile west of Appalachian Trail, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The Appalachian Trail crosses Route 9 at the Virginia-West Virginia state line. In Virginia, Route 9 is known as the Charles Town Pike. Marker was in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson County / State of Virginia
Keyes Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2007
2. Keyes Gap Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Keyes' Switch Engagement (approx. 2.5 miles away); Iron Furnaces (approx. 2.6 miles away); John W. Mobberly (approx. 2.8 miles away in Virginia); Setting the Trap (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Regarding Keyes Gap. The Shenandoah River runs just beyond Keys Gap to join the Potomac River seven miles north at Harpers Ferry, a strategic asset for both the North and South during the Civil War. En route to Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) from Alexandria, Virginia, to fight the French and the Indians, British General Edward Braddock’s army, which included the young Colonel George Washington, split into two columns. One traveled through Virginia and this gap while the other traveled through Maryland. They met at Fort Federick, half-way between Hagerstown and Hancock in Maryland and continued from there to their rout at the Monongahela River, just short of Fort Duquesne. Throughout his life, George Washington traveled on horseback to Berkley Springs and points west to visit property he owned and to survey routes to the midwest.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to Vestal's Gap Road.
Additional comments.
1. Keyes Gap marker
Sometime in 2010 (maybe earlier) this marker could no longer be found along Route 9 near the VA/WV line. It may have been hit by a car and destroyed since there is evidence of a damaged post, but no sign.
    — Submitted April 24, 2011, by Christopher B Straight of Leesburg, Virginia.

Categories. Natural FeaturesWar, French and IndianWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,263 times since then and 86 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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