Near West Jefferson in Ashe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
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. 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. 14½ 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 RR • African Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas •
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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.