“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Millboro Springs in Bath County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fort Dickinson

Fort Dickinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2014
1. Fort Dickinson Marker
Inscription.  The site was about one-half mile north of the river. This was one of a chain of frontier forts ordered erected by the Virginia legislature early in 1756. The chain extended from Hampshire County (now West Virginia) to Patrick County on the North Carolina Border. These forts were established under the supervision of Colonel George Washington, who made an inspection tour of the chain. This fort was attacked by Indians at least once in 1756 and again the next year.
Erected 1951 by Virginia State Library. (Marker Number KB-75.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and CastlesWar, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1756.
Location. 37° 58.342′ N, 79° 39.695′ W. Marker is near Millboro Springs, Virginia, in Bath County. Marker is on Cowpasture River Highway (Virginia Route 42) south of Mountain Valley
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By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2014
2. Fort Dickinson Marker
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Road (Virginia Route 39), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Millboro VA 24460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Mont Shenandoah (approx. 1˝ miles away); Windy Cove Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Millboro (approx. 3.2 miles away); T. C. Walker School (approx. 4.1 miles away); Bath County / Rockbridge County (approx. 7.2 miles away); Alleghany County / Rockbridge County (approx. 7.4 miles away); Settlement on Warm Springs Mountain (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Turnpike Movement in Virginia, 1825-1835 (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Millboro Springs.
Regarding Fort Dickinson. The river mentioned on the marker is the Cowpasture River.
Also see . . .  The Cowpasture, Ft. Dickinson and Douthat State Park Tour. Excerpt: “From 1753 until 1758 when the British established control over Indian attacks, George Washington was responsible for the protection of hundreds of miles of Virginia frontier settlements of which Bath County was included. Washington visited Bath County in 1755-56 in order to tour the fortified homes and forts that had been built to offer settlers protection from Indians defending their hunting lands.

“A historical mile marker identifies the presumed location of Ft. Dickinson on the Cowpasture as archaeological evidence does not exist. One can only stand on the road
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overlooking the valley and guess as to which knoll would have provided a defensible position against attack.” (Submitted on September 27, 2014.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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