Near Ewing in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee County, the western-most county in Virginia, was formed from Russell County in 1792; a part of Scott County was added later. The county is named for Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, governor of Virginia from 1791 to 1794 and former American Revolutionary War officer. Cumberland Gap National Historic Park lies partly in Lee County and in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. The Cumberland Gap was the principle route through the mountains that Native Americans and early European settlers used to travel to the west and the south. The county seat is Jonesville.
Before the first Europeans permanently settled in Tennessee in 1769, it was inhabited by a number of Native American tribes including the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Shawnee. Until 1784 the territory composing Tennessee was a part of North Carolina. Tennessee became the 16th state admitted to the United States in 1796. Notable residents of Tennessee included U.S. Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson, as well as frontiersman David Crockett. Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee and an important center for country music.
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Z-130.)
Location. 36° 36.026′ N, 83° 39.339′ W. Marker is near Ewing, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker is on Old Wilderness Road (Virginia Route 58) 0.2 miles north of Virginia Route 872, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. 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. Harrow School (approx. half a mile away in Tennessee); Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.6 miles away in Tennessee); "This American Gibraltar" (approx. 0.7 miles away in Kentucky); Waiting for the Battle that Never Came (approx. 0.7 miles away in Kentucky); Iron Furnace (approx. 0.7 miles away in Tennessee); Three States Cornerstone (approx. 0.7 miles away in Tennessee); Powell's Valley (approx. 0.7 miles away); Named for a British Lord (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ewing.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 11, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.