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Indian Attack

 
 
Indian Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 25, 2006
1. Indian Attack Marker
Inscription. To the east, on Dogue Neck, "Certain Unknown Indians" attacked the house of Thomas Barton about 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, 16 June 1700, killing eight persons with "arrowes & Wooden Tommahawkes." The neighboring Piscataway Indians denied making the attack and blamed the Wittowees. The Indians involved probably were angered by colonial encroachment on their land and may have been encouraged by the French. Lt. Col. George Mason wrote Gov. Francis Nicholson that "this murder was the Horrablest that ever was" in present-day Fairfax Co., then part of Stafford Co. Mason increased the number of militia patrols, but the Indians escaped.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 80.)
 
Location. 38° 41.254′ N, 77° 12.528′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Gunston Road (Virginia Route 242) and Old Colchester Road (County Route 611), on the left when traveling east on Gunston Road. Touch for map. Marker is half a mile east of Richmond Highway (U.S. 1). Marker is in this post office area: Lorton VA 22079, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis Chapel / Cranford Memorial Methodist Church
Gunston Hall, Lewis Chapel, and Indian Attack Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 25, 2006
2. Gunston Hall, Lewis Chapel, and Indian Attack Markers
( here, next to this marker); Gunston Hall ( here, next to this marker); Joseph W. Jordan ( approx. 0.7 miles away); Noman Monroe Cole, Jr. ( approx. one mile away); Deputy Sheriff George A. Malcolm ( approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
 
More about this marker. The 1985 Edition of Margaret T. Peters's A Guidebook to Virginia Historical Markers lists a marker with this same number located on Richmond Highway (U.S. 1) but four miles north, at Fort Belvoir. The guidebook indicates that the marker was missing at that time, but prints the title and text of the original marker, which is a bit different than what is on this marker today: INDIAN MASSACRE. To the east, in Dogue Neck, Piscataway Indians attacked the house of Thomas Barton, killing eight persons, June 16, 1700. George Mason (2nd) described this as the "horriblest murder that ever was in Stafford."
 
Also see . . .  Possible Original Location of This Marker on Route 1. (Submitted on March 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,371 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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