Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes)
Erected 1985 by John Rhodes Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 38° 38.869′ N, 78° 31.853′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on U.S. 211 west of U.S. Route 340 South turnoff, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White House Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); White House Massanutton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Calendine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mauck Meeting House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Luray Caverns (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Philip Long (approx. 2.9 miles away); Willow Grove Mill (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
Regarding The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes). The Reverend Rhodes was a Mennonite minister. The log home built on the site of the massacre soon thereafter stood until 1994. It was called Fort Roads and is about four miles north of Route 211 on the west bank of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.
1. Relative of Rev. John Rhodes
The Reverend John Rhodes had twelve or thirteen children, it was never known exactly how many. They were Joseph, Michael, Daniel, Susannah, Anna, Elizabeth. Esther, and the four
— Submitted July 17, 2008, by Lora Denise Bennett of Indianapolis, Indiana.
2. John Rhodes and his family
Original name thought to have been Hans Derik Roodt.(Hans Roth) He was a Mennonite Minister. Settled in Shenandoah Co, VA about 1729 on land adjoining Mart in Kauffman. Killed by Indians in Shenandoah Valley, VA in 1764. Indians said to have been led by Simon Girty. John Rhodes was shot while standing in his doorway. Eve Albright Rhodes and a son were killed in the yard. Five other children were killed. Eight children survived.
On August 31, 1924 at a memorial service at the site of the massacre, a monument was unveiled dedicated
Memorial to Rev. John Rhodes (Mennonite) and six children massacred here by Indians, Aug. 1764. Buried on the river N.E. bank. Emmigrated from Zurich, Switzerland 1728. Came to Virginia two years later.
Sources: Massanutten Settled by the Pennsylvania Pilgrim 1726. The First White Settlement in the Shenandoah Valley, by Harry M. Strickler (Book located at the Library of the Museum of Frontier Life, Staunton, VA); Tombstone Inscriptions of Shenandoah & Page Co, VA, by Duane L. Border, p. 192, 1984 by Yates Publishing Co., Ozark, MO; Richard Sallinger of Lynn Haven, FL (internet article)
Narrative by G.W. Hershberger (1848-?) written 11-24-1927, courtesy Nancy Waldo of Page Co., VA
— Submitted December 27, 2008.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 7,692 times since then and 247 times this year. Last updated on July 22, 2012, by Charles Wesley Rhodes III of Arlington, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on May 18, 2011, by Robert Blake Reid of Long Beach, Calif. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 8, 2012, by Debbie McLaughlin of Goodview, Virginia. 10, 11, 12. submitted on December 22, 2008.