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Near Ewing in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cumberland Gap

 
 
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By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. Cumberland Gap Marker
Inscription.  This pass was long the gateway to the west. On April 13, 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker reached the gap, which he named for the Duke of Cumberland, son of George II. A few years later Daniel Boone and numberless pioneers passed through it on the way to Kentucky. In August, 1863, Cumberland Gap was captured by a Union Army under General Ambrose E. Burnside.
 
Erected 1929 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number K-1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1750.
 
Location. 36° 35.989′ N, 83° 37.841′ W. Marker is near Ewing, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker is on Old Wilderness Road (U.S. 58), on the right when traveling west. Located near the entrance to the Wilderness Road Campground area in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ewing VA 24248, 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. Lee County/Tennessee (approx. 1.4 miles away); Harrow School (approx.
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By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. Cumberland Gap Marker
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1.9 miles away in Tennessee); Boone Trail Highway Marker (approx. 1.9 miles away in Tennessee); Lincoln Memorial University (approx. 1.9 miles away in Tennessee); Cumberland Gap Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away in Tennessee); a different marker also named Cumberland Gap (approx. 2 miles away in Tennessee); The Lincoln Cairn (approx. 2 miles away in Tennessee); Lincoln and Cumberland Gap (approx. 2 miles away in Tennessee).
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Cumberland Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. Cumberland Gap
View from US 58 a short distance west of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 843 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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