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Near Pulaski in Pulaski County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Draper's Valley

 
 
Draper's Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
1. Draper's Valley Marker
Inscription. John Draper's wife, Bettie Robertson Draper, was captured by Shawnee at Draper's Meadow (Blacksburg) in 1755. Mrs. Draper was carried into the Ohio country along with her sister-in-law Mary Draper Ingles and five others. Six years later John Draper found his wife living in the family of an Indian chief. After paying for her return, the Drapers went home to the New River Valley. About 1765 they moved to a log cabin in the area still known as Draper's Valley—just to the south and west.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-40.)
 
Location. 37° 1.088′ N, 80° 47.023′ W. Marker is near Pulaski, Virginia, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Lee Highway (U.S. 11), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. At scenic overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski VA 24301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Pulaski (approx. 2 miles away); Pulaski County Courthouse (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pulaski County War Memorial
Draper's Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
2. Draper's Valley Marker
View of the valley to the south
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 2.1 miles away); First Court House (approx. 6.4 miles away); Water Works — 1870 (approx. 6Ĺ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pulaski.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with the same number and title erected before 1932 another mile further south in Wythe County. The text of that marker read, “To the south and west lies Draper Valley, named for John Draper, who settled here in 1765. He moved hence from Draperís Meadows (Blacksburg), where his wife was captured by the Indians in the massacre of 1755. Six years later Draper ransomed her. He served as an officer in the Point Pleasant Indian expedition of 1774.”
 
Categories. Native AmericansNotable EventsSettlements & Settlers
 
Draper's Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
3. Draper's Valley Marker
View of the valley to the east
Draper's Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
4. Draper's Valley Marker
At overlook looking north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,029 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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