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

“Dunkard's Bottom”

 
 
"Dunkard's Bottom" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 2, 2011
1. "Dunkard's Bottom" Marker
Inscription.
This tablet commemorates the first white settlement west of New River, made in 1745 near here by "Dunkers". In 1756 they built a fort for protection against Indians. In 1771 Col. William Christian built a home on this site. The stones in this monument are from the chimneys of that home. This marker erected 1937 by Count Pulaski Chapter D.A.R. Pulaski, VA.
 
Erected 1937 by Count Pulaski Chapter D.A.R.
 
Location. 37° 3.429′ N, 80° 37.259′ W. Marker is near Dublin, Virginia, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from Ben H Bolen Drive 0.1 miles east of State Park Road (Virginia Route 660). Touch for map. This marker is located in Claytor Lake State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Dublin VA 24084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christian-Cloyd Chimney (a few steps from this marker); Colonel William Christian (a few steps from this marker); Lovely Mount Tavern (approx. 5.6 miles away); New River Bridge (approx. 5.8 miles away); Connelly's Run (approx. 6 miles away); Wildwood Pool
Christian-Cloyd Chimney image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 2, 2011
2. Christian-Cloyd Chimney
(approx. 6.1 miles away); Starnes (approx. 6.2 miles away); Montgomery County / Pulaski County (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dublin.
 
Regarding "Dunkard's Bottom". "...Thomas Cloyd settled Dunkard’s Bottom, an area of about 7000 acres along the New River, well south of
Cloyd’s Mountain. The name Dunkard’s Bottom derived from earlier settlement of Dunkers, a German religious sect. Dunkers settled in several regions of southwestern Virginia during the eighteenth century. According to family history, Thomas Cloyd lived in one of the earlier German settlement houses until his large 2-story, 3-bay brick Greek Revival house was finished in the 1847, appropriately named “Dunkard’s Bottom”. When Haven Boyd Howe and Catherine McGavock Cloyd were married in 1873, she received a dower interest from David Cloyd’s estate (her grandfather). The area that became Howe’s Crescent Falls Stock Farm comprised of approximately 2000 acres of the significant Cloyd holdings. The land included mountain and river bottomland at the New River. A great portion of the property, including the Dunkard’s Bottom and house site of the same name, are under the present day Claytor Lake. A chimney
Haven B. Howe House, ca. 1878 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 2, 2011
3. Haven B. Howe House, ca. 1878
The back yard overlooked Dunkard’s Bottom when the New River flowed through the valley before 1939.
that has been reconstructed near the Haven Boyd Howe House is thought to be from the Christian family house, one of the early homesteads that comprised the German settlement. The chimney was moved from Claytor Lake and reconstructed in 1989." National Register of Historic Places, Havcn B. Howe House. VDHR # 077-0047
 
Also see . . .
1. Claytor Lake State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Submitted on April 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Haven B. Howe House (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on April 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Claytor Lake State Park Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 2, 2011
4. Claytor Lake State Park Visitor Center
The historic Howe House now serves as the Park's VC.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,503 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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