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

Point of Fork

 
 
Point of Fork Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 6, 2010
1. Point of Fork Marker
Inscription.  Here was an important supply depot and arsenal of the Virginia government in 1781, and here Baron von Steuben, commanding the American forces, trained recruits for Green's army in the South. Threatened by Cornwallis's approach, Steuben moved stores across James River. On June 4, 1781, Colonel Simcoe, with his cavalry, made Steuben believe that the whole British army was at hand. Steuben retreated, leaving stores to be destroyed.
 
Erected 1931 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number GA-32.)
 
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 (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 4, 1781.
 
Location. 37° 45.756′ N, 78° 10.818′ W. Marker is near Columbia, Virginia, in Fluvanna County. Marker is on East River Road (Virginia Route 6) 0.9 miles east of Bremo Road (Virginia Route 656), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia VA 23038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this
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marker, measured as the crow flies. Rassawek (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Point of Fork (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fluvanna County World War Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Second Century Guarantors (approx. 4˝ miles away); World War I Field Gun (approx. 4˝ miles away); Fork Union Academy (approx. 4˝ miles away); Fork Union Military Academy (approx. 4˝ miles away); Fork Union Baptist Church (approx. 4˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Engagement at Point of Fork. Virginia 1781 Campaign (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
E River Rd (facing west) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 6, 2010
2. E River Rd (facing west)
Point of Fork Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2010
3. Point of Fork Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,049 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 23, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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