Near Bedford in Bedford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Community at "the Mons"
Blue Ridge Parkway
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list.
Location. 37° 26.734′ N, 79° 36.589′ W. Marker is near Bedford, Virginia, in Bedford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 85.6Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 85919 Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford VA 24523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peaks of Otter (within shouting distance of this marker); Abbott Lake (approx. 0.3 miles away); Polly Woods' Ordinary (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Peaks of Otter (approx. 4.9 miles away); 1889 Thaxton Train Wreck (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Anchorage (approx. 6.8 miles away); Buchanan (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Botetourt Artillery (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bedford.
More about this marker. This marker is one side of a three-sided kiosk at this location. The other two sides present park travel tips and the geography, flora and fauna of the area.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Peaks of Otter
Also see . . . Peaks of Otter (Wikipedia). In 1834 the first local inn was created by Polly Wood, a widower who opened an "Ordinary" in her log cabin where settlers could stay the night and get a warm meal. By the 1870s, Benjamin Wilkes had opened the famous Mons Hotel. By the early 1900s the Peaks of Otter became a popular local tourist spot and became especially noticed by the National Park Service. Abbott Lake, the lake at the base of the peaks, was man made and created in 1964 along with the official Peaks of Otter Lodge, which still (Submitted on May 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.