“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Dooms in Augusta County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Jarman’s Gap

Jarman's Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, March 4, 2009
1. Jarman's Gap Marker
Inscription.  Five miles east, formerly known as Woods’ Gap. Michael Woods, his three sons and three Wallace sons-in-law (Andrew, Peter, William), coming from Pennsylvania via Shenandoah Valley, crossed through this pass into Albemarle County in 1734 – pioneers in settling this section. In 1780-81 British prisoners taken at Saratoga went through this gap en route to Winchester. In June 1862 part of Jackson’s army, moving to join Lee at Richmond, used this passage.
Erected 1949 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number JD-14.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary.
Location. 38° 6.321′ N, 78° 51.554′ W. Marker is in Dooms, Virginia, in Augusta County. Marker is on East Side Highway (U.S. 340), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesboro VA 22980, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Republic Road Historic District (approx. 2˝ miles away); River Crossings & Bridges
Jarman’s Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 16, 2019
2. Jarman’s Gap Marker
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Waynesboro (approx. 2.9 miles away); Virginia Metalcrafters (approx. 3 miles away); Ecology of the South River (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Waynesboro (approx. 3 miles away); William H. Harman Monument (approx. 3 miles away); Fishburne Military School (approx. 3.1 miles away).
Regarding Jarman’s Gap. The east-west road across Jarman’s Gap was closed in the 1930s when north-south Skyline Drive was built along the length of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was one of seven gap roads severed by Skyline Drive between Rockfish Gap (US 250) and Swift Run Gap (US 33), to the consternation of locals. Remnants of the road across Jarman’s Gap are present day County Route 611 in Augusta and Albemarle Counties, now known as Dooms Crossing Road on this side of the gap and Jarmans Gap Road on the other side.
Also see . . .  The Gaps in Albemarle’s Blue Ridge History. 2017 article by Phil James in the Crozet Gazette. Excerpt:
During the Revolutionary War, a military presence gathered at Woods’ Gap to resist Tarleton’s entry into the Shenandoah Valley should his British army
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attempt to pursue the Virginia statesmen who fled Charlottesville ahead of his arrival there. Around that time, the Hessian soldiers who had been imprisoned at The Barracks west of Charlottesville were marched west through Woods’ Gap to prevent their release by Tarleton’s forces.
(Submitted on September 16, 2019.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,519 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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