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Dixie in Fluvanna County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Point of Fork

 
 
Point of Fork Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
1. Point of Fork Marker
Inscription.  Four miles southeast is Point of Fork, near which an Indian village stood in 1607. In the Revolution a state arsenal was there. In June, 1781, Simcoe, sent by Cornwallis with a small force to destroy the stores there, succeeded in making Baron Steuben, the American commander, believe the whole British Army to be near. Steuben retreated, leaving the stores to be destroyed.
 
Erected 1930 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number F-50.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1781.
 
Location. 37° 46.926′ N, 78° 14.094′ W. Marker is in Dixie, Virginia, in Fluvanna County. Marker is at the intersection of James Madison Highway (U.S. 15) and Virginia Route 6, on the left when traveling south on James Madison Highway. It is in a small park in the triangle formed by the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fork Union VA 23055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured
Point of Fork Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
2. Point of Fork Marker
Route 6, heading east towards the left, heads towards Point of Fork. Route 15 is behind the photographer.
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as the crow flies. Fluvanna County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fork Union Academy (approx. 2 miles away); Fork Union Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Second Century Guarantors (approx. 2 miles away); World War I Field Gun (approx. 2 miles away); Fork Union Military Academy (approx. 2.1 miles away); John Jasper (approx. 2.1 miles away); Abraham Seay (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is about 4½ miles northwest from Columbia, Virginia, on the James River, near Point of Fork.
 
Regarding Point of Fork. Edgar Allan Poe spent some childhood summers at Point of Fork plantation.
 
Also see . . .
1. Point of Fork Brief History. “Every American president between George Washington and Abraham Lincoln either visited or stayed at Point of Fork depending on the years of their presidency. History records, ‘it did not appear that construction on Point of Fork (the big house) began until 1834.’ A house identical in every way to Point of Fork, Glen Arvon, was built in 1836, thus through time history has dubbed these two houses as ‘the twin houses on the James,’ the first of Virginia’s James River plantation homes.” (Submitted on April 9, 2009.) 

2. Engagement at Point of Fork. Site detailing the Revolutionary War battle at Point of Fork. (Submitted on February 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Marker at Intersection image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 8, 2009
3. Marker at Intersection
The marker can be seen in the distance under the route signs. State Route 6 westbound joins U.S. Route 15 southbound at this fork for a few miles before it branches right to continue on its way to Afton Mountain from Richmond.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,518 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on April 9, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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