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Near Ewing in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gateway To Kaintuck

 

— Cumberland Gap National Historical Park —

 
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By TeamOHE, July 27, 2020
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Inscription.  For travelers who had to walk, the Appalachian mountains seemed like an impenetrable wall, 600 miles long and 150 miles wide. Here at Cumberland Gap you could find both a good way in and a good way out of that rugged labyrinth of ridges, coves, and meandering streams.

Woodland buffalo and parties of Cherokee and Shawnee passed north and south over this wilderness road for thousands of years. Frontier-era longhunters and settler families followed their trails, climbing up to the Gap and dropping into Yellow Creek's valley. Once past Pine Mountain Narrows, they were well on their way to reach the Kentucky bluegrass and the rich Ohio River bottomlands.

Exploring Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Wilderness Road Trail 1
Walk in the footsteps of Dr. Walker, Daniel Boone, and 250,000 settlers on the newly restored Wilderness Road.e Gap begins at

Iron Furnace 2
The shortest trail to the Gap begins at this reminder of 19th-century industry, found in the town of Cumberland Gap.

Gap Cave 3
Park rangers now take visitors on tours into this historic cave. Check at either

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By TeamOHE, July 27, 2020
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visitor center for cave tour schedules.

Pinnacle Overlook 4
This easily accessible overlook offers dramatic vistas of the key passage through the Cumberland Mountains.

Hensley Settlement 5
Reminders of Appalachia's pioneer era can still be seen at Hensley Settlement. Ask a ranger about tour schedules.

White Rocks 6
A well-known landmark for early travelers bound west, these cliffs were a full day's walk from the Gap.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 36° 36.071′ N, 83° 40.15′ W. Marker is near Ewing, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Pennlyn Avenue west of Llewelyn Street, on the right when traveling west. Located at the Iron Furnace Parking Area which can be reached from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ewing VA 24248, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hiking in the Gap (here, next to this marker); On Guard In Cumberland Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Furnace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three States Cornerstone (about 400 feet away in Tennessee); Russell Berkau 1867 - 1936

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(about 500 feet away in Tennessee); Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.2 miles away in Tennessee); Cumberland Gap Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away in Tennessee); Boone Trail Highway Marker (approx. 0.3 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ewing.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on December 20, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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