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A Colonial Ford

 
 
A Colonial Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
1. A Colonial Ford Marker
Inscription.  The Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the backcountry of the Carolinas crossed the Roanoke River here at Tosh's Ford, named for Thomas Tosh, in the eighteenth century. Nearby stood Daniel Evans's mill, another landmark on the road. A group of Moravians, among the many thousands of settlers who passed this way, crossed the ford at dawn on 2 Nov. 1783 en route from Bethlehem, Pa., to Bethabara, N.C. One wrote in his diary of the ford's "slippery stones" and reported that "a quarter of a mile beyond we came to Even's mill." Mill Mountain is named for Evans's mill.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-116.)
 
Location. 37° 15.279′ N, 79° 57.006′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Road SW (Virginia Route 220) and Wiley Drive, on the right when traveling north on Franklin Road SW. At the Franklin Road entrance to Rivers Edge Sports Complex. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Roanoke Star (approx.
A Colonial Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
2. A Colonial Ford Marker
one mile away); Roanoke (approx. one mile away); The Patrick Henry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Robert Edward Lee (approx. 1.1 miles away); James Alexander Tract Boundary (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boxley Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); Torteras Village Indian Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Roanoke Milestones (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Mill Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
3. Mill Mountain
Mentioned on the A Colonial Ford Marker, Mill Mountain is home to the Roanoke Star, the world's largest freestanding illuminated man-made star. In this picture, it is at the upper left. Constructed in 1949, it is lit up at night with red, white and blue lights and can be seen for many miles on a clear night.
The Colonial "Tosh's Ford" on the Roanoke River image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, November 16, 2008
4. The Colonial "Tosh's Ford" on the Roanoke River
The ford, or shallow point along the river that is favorable to crossing, mentioned in the marker is seen here. The point along the Roanoke River once called Tosh's Ford is now easily crossed by way of the Franklin Road bridge, from which this photo was taken. The large reflective building in the distance is Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, behind which towers Mill Mountain.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,455 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on May 3, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.
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