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

Boundaries Settled

 
 
Boundaries Settled Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. Boundaries Settled Marker
Inscription. The exact spot where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia met is not easy to see on the ridge line below. Nor was it easy to determine.

In 1665 Great Britain's King Charles II declared his Virginia colony was to be separated from his Carolina colony by a line drawn at latitude 36 30'. Surveyors started at the Atlantic Ocean in 1728 to run the line westward to the Mississippi. Decades of boundary disputes followed, first between Virginia and North Carolina. Later Tennessee and Kentucky joined the fray. The most rugged segment of the old Carolina-Virginia boundary - here in the Cumberland Mountains - was not finally resolved until 1803.

Before 1792 Kentucky was the westernmost county of Virginia. The Cumberland ridge top was chosen as the new state line by the Kentucky and Virginia boundary commissioners in 1798.

Until 1790 Tennessee was part of North Carolina. Commissioners from Virginia and Tennessee set the final line here on "White Top Mountain" in December 1803.

Here, you are in Virginia.
 
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 36.341′ N, 83° 40.073′ W. Marker is near Ewing, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker
Boundaries Settled Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
2. Boundaries Settled Marker
can be reached from Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the Pinnacle Overlook trail 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 walking distance of this marker. Generations Have Enjoyed this View (within shouting distance of this marker); A Maze of Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Named for a British Lord (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powell's Valley (about 300 feet away); Pinnacle Overlook (about 500 feet away in Kentucky); "This American Gibraltar" (about 500 feet away in Kentucky); Waiting for the Battle that Never Came (about 600 feet away in Kentucky); Iron Furnace (approx. 0.3 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ewing.
 
Also see . . .  Tri-State Peak. According to this National Park Service site, visitors who hike up Tri-State Peak "can experience the thrill of being in three states at once." (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Boundaries Settled Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. Boundaries Settled Marker
Tri-State Peak and Fern Lake image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
4. Tri-State Peak and Fern Lake
The peak on the ridge line in the foreground is the point where the three state boundaries intersect.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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