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Afton in Nelson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rockfish Gap

 
 
Rockfish Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2014
1. Rockfish Gap Marker
Inscription. Low passway across Blue Ridge, elev. 1909. Served the buffalo, Indian, and covered wagon. Thomas Jefferson came via stage coach in 1818 to Rockfish Tavern. He presided over a prominent group who resolved to locate the University of Virginia "in the salubrious climate of Charlottesville." In 1858, after eight years of ordeal, Claudius Crozet completed a railway tunnel beneath the gap, in use for 84 years.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 1.821′ N, 78° 51.466′ W. Marker is in Afton, Virginia, in Nelson County. Marker is at the intersection of Blue Ridge Parkway and Howardsville Turnpike, on the right when traveling south on Blue Ridge Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Afton VA 22920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nelson County / Augusta County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flight of Richard C. duPont (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rockfish Gap Meeting (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District
Rockfish Gap Marker on the Blue Ridge Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 15, 2016
2. Rockfish Gap Marker on the Blue Ridge Parkway
(approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Rockfish Gap (approx. half a mile away); Nelson County / Albemarle County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Virginia Metalcrafters (approx. 2.5 miles away); William H. Harman Monument (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Afton.
 
Categories. EducationRailroads & Streetcars
 
Rockfish Gap entrance to the Blue Ridge Pkwy image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2014
3. Rockfish Gap entrance to the Blue Ridge Pkwy
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 1, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on July 18, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on February 1, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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