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Near West Jefferson in Ashe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mt. Jefferson

 
 
Mt. Jefferson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 4, 2019
1. Mt. Jefferson Marker
Inscription.  Mount Jefferson looms high over the town of Jefferson for which it is named. It was formerly called Negro Mountain because run-away slaves supposedly hid out there while fleeing north. The summit and slopes of the mountain now make up Mount Jefferson State Park, covering 474 acres.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
 
Location. 36° 17.7′ N, 81° 24.792′ W. Marker is near West Jefferson, North Carolina, in Ashe County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 266.8), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Mt. Jefferson Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Jefferson NC 28694, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tom Dula (approx. 2.3 miles away); E. B. Jeffress Park (approx. 4.2 miles away); Stoneman's Raid (approx. 6.6 miles away); Ore Knob Mine (approx.
Mt. Jefferson Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 4, 2019
2. Mt. Jefferson Marker (wide view)
8.3 miles away); Asa Gray (approx. 9.2 miles away); Robert L. Doughton (approx. 11.6 miles away); Fort Hamby (approx. 13.8 miles away); Boone Homesteads (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Mount Jefferson State Natural Area History. The mountain's name was chosen in honor of Thomas Jefferson and his father, Peter, who owned land in the area and surveyed the nearby North Carolina-Virginia border in 1749. Around the time of the Civil War, legend holds that the "caves" beneath Mount Jefferson's ledges served as hideouts for escaped slaves traveling to freedom on the Underground Railroad. (Submitted on October 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansParks & Recreational Areas
 
Mt. Jefferson Overlook<br>(<i>marker on left  Mt. Jefferson visible in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 4, 2019
3. Mt. Jefferson Overlook
(marker on left Mt. Jefferson visible in background)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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