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Gate City in Scott County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Faris (Ferris) Station

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
1. Faris (Ferris) Station Marker
Inscription. About two miles east of Moccasin Gap, Elisha Faris (Ferris) in 1787 obtained l16 acres on both sides of the Moccasin Creek. He and his family settled in the area about 1782 and their home became a stop on the Wilderness Road. On 26 Aug. 1791, Bob Benge, also known as “Chief Benge” and “Capt. Bench,” and other Native Americans raided the Faris property and killed Elisha Faris, his wife, and a couple other family members. Benge conducted raids in the region and other neighboring states during an extended period of conflict in response to attacks on Cherokee communities in the South.
 
Erected 2004 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-12.)
 
Location. 36° 38.313′ N, 82° 34.216′ W. Marker is in Gate City, Virginia, in Scott County. Marker is on Kane Street (Business U.S. 58) east of Jones Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 295 Kane St, Gate City VA 24251, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gate City (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blackmore’s Fort (about 400 feet away); Carter Musical Family
Faris (Ferris) Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
2. Faris (Ferris) Station Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Donelson's Indian Line (approx. 0.9 miles away); Big Moccasin Gap (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Court of Scott County (approx. 0.9 miles away); McConnell's Birthplace (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named First Court of Scott County (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gate City.
 
More about this marker. A 1931 marker with this number but simply titled “Faris Station” stood at the intersection of Kane and Jackson Streets in Gate City until at least 1994. It read “Near by stood the home and tavern of Elisha Faris, an early station on the Boone trail to Kentucky. Indians led by Chief Benge here massacred members of the Faris family in 1791.”
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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