“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Franklin in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Trout Rock Fort

Trout Rock Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
1. Trout Rock Fort Marker
This marker replaced an older "two post" marker dating to the 1960s.
Inscription.  The Trout Rock Fort was one in the chain of forts that the Virginia House of Burgesses in March 1756 directed Washington to erect for the defense of settlers in the South Branch Valley. It also marks the end of Gen. Stonewall Jackson's pursuit of the Federals after the Battle of McDowell, May 12, 1862. On this site during the War Between the States, gunpowder was made from saltpeter obtained in a nearby cave.
Erected 2009 by West Virginia Archives & History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, French and IndianWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1756.
Location. 38° 36.197′ N, 79° 22.267′ W. Marker is near Franklin, West Virginia, in Pendleton County. Marker is on U.S. 220, 0.1 miles east of Powder Mill Road (County Route 220/8), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin WV 26807, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Destruction of Saltpeter Works (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Prayer Service
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(approx. 1.7 miles away); Devonian Shale (approx. 1.9 miles away); Civil War Soldiers Monument (approx. 3.4 miles away); McCoy House (approx. 3.4 miles away); Pendleton County World War I Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Franklin (approx. 3.4 miles away); Stone Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Trout Rock Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain
2. Trout Rock Markers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,224 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Jun. 9, 2023