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Near Austinville in Wythe County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The New River

 
 
The New River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2010
1. The New River Marker
Inscription.  In spite of its name, the New River is one of the oldest in the world and one of a few that flows north. Beginning in North Carolina, it flows through Virginia and into West Virginia. The New River was known as Wood’s River until settlers re-named it in the early 1700’s.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Believe It or Not series list.
 
Location. 36° 52.323′ N, 80° 52.612′ W. Marker is near Austinville, Virginia, in Wythe County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fort Chiswell Road (U.S. 52) and Pauley Flatwoods (County Road 608). Marker is located near milepost 25 on the New River Trail State Park rail trail, overlooking the subject river, about ½ mile west of U.S. Highway 52. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austinville VA 24312, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jackson’s Ferry and Shot Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shot Tower at Jackson's Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away);
The New River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2010
2. The New River Marker
(marker visible on right side of rail trail)
Railroad Depot (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fincastle County (approx. 1.7 miles away); Austin's Birthplace (approx. 1.9 miles away); Carroll County / Wythe County (approx. 2 miles away); To Mark The Site of The Lead Mines (approx. 3.1 miles away); Ivanhoe (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austinville.
 
Also see . . .
1. The New River: Fact or Fiction. Many scientists believe that when the Appalachian Mountains were formed, the New River simply rose up with the mountains, and that is why the New River remains in the crest of the mountains. Many scientists also believe that the Appalachian Mountains are the oldest mountains in the world. The New River's mountain contorting course has exposed rocks that are over 1 billion years old. (Submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Oldest River in North America?. The New River is generally regarded as the most ancient in North America, along with the Kanawha and French Broad Rivers. Although there is much debate on the subject, these three rivers together comprise a system of waterways that has been
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around for so long, it could well predate the continent as we know it. (Submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Abraham Wood (Wikipedia). Abraham Wood was an English fur trader and explorer of 17th century colonial Virginia. The first English expeditions to reach the southern Appalachian Mountains were sent out by Wood. In 1671, explorers Thomas Wood (possibly Abraham's son), Thomas Batts (Batte) and Robert Fallam reached the New River Valley and the New River. The New River was named Wood's River after Abraham Wood, although in time it became better known as the New River. (Submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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