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

Cumberland Gap

 
 
Cumberland Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. Cumberland Gap Marker
Inscription. This pass was long the gateway to the west. On April 13, 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker reached the gap, which he named for the Duke of Cumberland, son of George II. A few years later Daniel Boone and numberless pioneers passed through it on the way to Kentucky. In August, 1863, Cumberland Gap was captured by a Union Army under General Ambrose E. Burnside.
 
Erected 1929 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number K-1.)
 
Location. 36° 35.989′ N, 83° 37.841′ W. Marker is near Ewing, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker is on Old Wilderness Road (U.S. 58), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located near the entrance to the Wilderness Road Campground area in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ewing VA 24248, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee County/Tennessee (approx. 1.4 miles away); Harrow School (approx. 1.9 miles away in Tennessee); Lincoln Memorial University (approx. 1.9 miles away in Tennessee); a different marker also named Cumberland Gap (approx. 2 miles away in Tennessee);
Cumberland Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. Cumberland Gap Marker
Lincoln And Cumberland Gap (approx. 2 miles away in Tennessee); Waiting for the Battle that Never Came (approx. 2 miles away in Kentucky); "This American Gibraltar" (approx. 2 miles away in Kentucky); Pinnacle Overlook (approx. 2 miles away in Kentucky).
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Cumberland Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. Cumberland Gap
View from US 58 a short distance west of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 712 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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