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Sterling in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Vestal's Gap Road IV

 
 
Vestal's Gap Road IV Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 24, 2009
1. Vestal's Gap Road IV Marker
Inscription.  The Vestal's Gap Road was a major east-west trade and travel route. George Washington used it from 1753 to 1799 as he traveled on surveying business, for personal reasons and for military purposes in the French and Indian Wars. There were several ordinaries or inns along the road where he is known to have stayed and where many other people transporting goods for trade also stayed. You may see one such ordinary at Lanesville, the hosue at Claude Moore Park where you can also see part of the Vestal's Gap Road though Washington did not stay there. In 1813 a new turnpike was chartered which eventually became the present Route 7 and the Vestal's Gap Road remained only as small local segments. This park commemorates that once important road in all its manifestations, from animal trail to busy road.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesWar, French and Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1753.
 
Location. 39° 1.722′ N, 77° 25.329′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Nokes Boulevard and Dulles Town
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Center Circle, on the right when traveling west on Nokes Boulevard. Located in Vestals Gap Road Park adjacent to Dulles Town Center shopping mall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sterling VA 20166, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vestal's Gap Road III (a few steps from this marker); Vestal's Gap Road II (within shouting distance of this marker); Vestal's Gap Road I (within shouting distance of this marker); Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Vestal's Gap Road (approx. one mile away); George Washington (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named The Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named George Washington (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sterling.
 
Vestal's Gap Road IV Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 30, 2020
2. Vestal's Gap Road IV Marker
Vestal's Gap Road Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 24, 2009
3. Vestal's Gap Road Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,074 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on December 30, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on December 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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