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Near Evans City in Butler County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Major George Washington

 
 
Major George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
1. Major George Washington Marker
Inscription.  On the flats of the east side of Connoquenessing Creek, one hundred rods east of this spot, Major George Washington, then a youth twenty-one years of age, narrowly escaped death, being shot at by a hostile Indian, less than fifteen steps distant, on the evening of December 27th, 1753, as he and Christopher Gist were returning from Virginia from Washington's historic visit to Saint Pierre, Commandant of the French Forts, Le Boeuf (Waterford) and Venango (Franklin), as agent of Governor Dinwiddie of Virginia in delivering to Saint Pierre the protest of Governor Dinwiddie against the encroachments of the French on territory claimed by the English.

Washington and Gist were following the course of the Venango Indian Trail, which crossed the highway at this spot. It followed an almost north and south line from the forks of the Ohio (Pittsburgh) to Venango (Franklin), and was one of the most important of the Indian trails.
 
Erected 1925 by The General Richard Butler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles
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Native AmericansWar, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is December 27, 1940.
 
Location. 40° 47.295′ N, 80° 1.95′ W. Marker is near Evans City, Pennsylvania, in Butler County. Marker is on Evans City Road (Pennsylvania Route 68) 0.1 miles north of Ash Stop Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Evans City PA 16033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Washington (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evans City (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rapp's Seat Vineyard Hill (approx. 4.8 miles away); Harmonist Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away); Harmonist - Ziegler Barn (approx. 4.9 miles away); George Washington Slept Here (approx. 5 miles away); Ca. 1805 Log Cabin (approx. 5 miles away); Visitor Information Center (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Evans City.
 
Major George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
2. Major George Washington Marker
Major George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, May 22, 2011
3. Major George Washington Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,324 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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