Mechanicsburg in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Mechanicsburg Gap / Col. Claudius Crozet
Scenic canyon cut through Mill Creek Mountain by Mill creek. Here an old Indian trail was the pathway from the Valley of Virginia to the Alleghenies, then the Northwestern Turnpike, now the George Washington Highway
Col. Crozet, born in France, 1790; came to America, 1816. He taught mathematics at West Point six years. Named chief engineer of Virginia (1824); surveyed Northwestern Turnpike, 1825. died, 1864; buried in Shockee Hills, Richmond.
Erected 1983 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Location. 39° 19.911′ N, 78° 48.285′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsburg, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on U.S. 50. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington WV 26710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Control of the Mechanicsburg Gap (approx. 0.8 miles away); Abandonment of Fort Mill Ridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Civil War in the South Branch Valley (approx. 0.8 miles away); Construction of Fort Mill Ridge Fort Mill Ridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Central Redoubt (approx. 0.8 miles away); Interior of the Central Redoubt (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Ditch as a Second Line of Defense (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsburg.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,051 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.