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

Vestal's Gap Road

 
 
Vestal's Gap Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 8, 2010
1. Vestal's Gap Road Marker
Inscription.  Vestal's Gap Road is among the oldest remaining segments of colonial highway in America. Initially an Indian trail, it became an important route for commerce from Alexandria to Leesburg and Winchester, westward migration, and troop movements. Lt. Col. George Washington and Gen. Edward Braddock's forces traveled the road in 1755 to defeat at Fort Duquesne in the first phase of the Seven Years' War between the British and the French. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were secretly carried to Leesburg over this road when the British burned Washington, D.C. in 1814. The Leesburg Turnpike supplanted the road in 1825.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number F-37.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812War, French and Indian.
 
Location. 39° 1.228′ N, 77° 24.522′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is
Vestal's Gap Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 8, 2010
2. Vestal's Gap Road Marker
at the intersection of Cascades Parkway (County Road 1794) and Vestals Gap Road, on the right when traveling north on Cascades Parkway. Located at the north entrance to Claude Moore Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sterling VA 20164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Vestal's Gap Road (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named George Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Guilford Signal Station (approx. mile away); The Braddock Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lanesville Architecture (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sterling.
 
Trace of the Old Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 8, 2010
3. Trace of the Old Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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