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Virginia (Lee County), Blackwater — Z-128 — Lee County Virginia / TennesseeArea 446 Square Miles /                          
Lee County Virginia. Area 446 square miles. Formed in 1782 from Russell, and named for Henry (Light-Horse Harry) Lee, revolutionary soldier and governor of Virginia, 1791–1794. Daniel Boone’s son was killed by indians in this county. . . . — Map (db m104316) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — A Maze of Mountains
The Cumberland Mountains on which you stand are only one link in a great chain of ridges and valleys that stretch 900 miles from New England to Alabama. The Appalachian wilderness was a 150-mile-wide wall to settlers looking west in the late 1700s. . . . — Map (db m35913) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Boundaries Settled
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 . . . — Map (db m35907) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — K-1 — Cumberland Gap
This pass was long the gateway to the west. On April 13, 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker reached the gap, which he named for the Duke of Cumberland, son of George II. A few years later Daniel Boone and numberless pioneers passed through it on the way to . . . — Map (db m35777) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Generations Have Enjoyed this View
I cannot conceive of anyone passing this way who will not avail himself of taking this trail to the top of Pinnacle Mountain...there will be many pilgrimages...[to] this historic spot... The beauty of the mountains, the spirit of the pioneer and . . . — Map (db m35916) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — K-3 — Indian Mound
A short distance north is the Ely Mound, the best-preserved Indian mound in Virginia. It dates to the Late Woodland-Mississippian Period (AD 1200–1650), during which more complex societies and practices evolved, including chiefdoms and . . . — Map (db m44332) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — John Ball1756–1809
Pioneer settler of Lee County, Revolutionary soldier, juror, and surveyor. Helped select road from Martins Station to Cumberland Gap. Buried south of here at mouth of the cave. His wife was “Polly” Yearly. His great-grandson, P. M. Ball . . . — Map (db m44235) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Z-130 — Lee County/Tennessee
(side 1) Lee County 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 . . . — Map (db m80237) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Named for a British Lord
The town you see 1,400 feet below, the mountain on which you stand, and the Gap itself all bear the name of an English royal - the Duke of Cumberland. Prince William Augustus (1721-1765) was the third and favorite son of King George II. The popular . . . — Map (db m35911) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Powell's Valley
The names of the valley, river, and mountains that stretch out before you echo the names of long-hunters and explorers of the mid-18th century. Frontiersman Ambrose Powell came here with the Loyal Land Company expedition in April 1750. Long-hunter . . . — Map (db m35910) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — K-7 — White Rocks
The cliffs to the north were a familiar landmark along the Wilderness Road which was blazed by Daniel Boone in March, 1775, and which was the principal route from Virginia to Kentucky. They are part of the Cumberland Mountains. — Map (db m44325) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Jonesville — K-8 — Doctor Still’s Birthplace
Andrew Taylor Still, physician and founder of osteopathy, was born two miles southwest, near the Natural Bridge of Lee County, August 6, 1828. Dr. Still served in the War Between the States. He established the first American school of osteopathy in . . . — Map (db m36026) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Jonesville — Doctor Still’s Birthplace
Andrew Taylor Still, physician and founder for Osteopathic medicine was born here in a log cabin on August 6, 1828. The cabin now stands on the campus of Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kirksville, Missouri, the first American school . . . — Map (db m44372) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Jonesville — K-10 — Jonesville
This town was established in 1794 as the county seat of Lee County and was named for Frederick Jones. Here on January 3, 1864, General William E. Jones, assisted by Colonel A.L. Pridemore, defeated a Union force, capturing the battalion. Union . . . — Map (db m36028) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Jonesville — K-9 — Jonesville Methodist Camp Ground
This camp ground was established in 1810 as a place for religious services for the Methodists of Lee County on lands given by Elkanah Wynn. In June, 1827, Rev. Abraham Still, Daniel Dickenson, George Morris, Evans Peery, Henry Thompson, Elkanah Wynn . . . — Map (db m36025) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Jonesville — K-6 — Thompson Settlement Church
This Baptist Church, a mile southeast, is the oldest church in Lee County. It was organized in 1800; the original site was on Powell’s River, a short distance west. John Kinney was the first pastor. The church was removed to the present site in 1822. — Map (db m44361) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Olinger — X-26 — Members of Congress
Three men who served in Congress were born within a one-mile radius of this point James B. Richmond (1842–1910) was a member of the House of Representatives from 1879 to 1881 as a Democrat. Campbell Slemp (1839–1907), a Republican, . . . — Map (db m104896) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Pennington Gap — X-30 — Pennington Gap
Pennington Gap is a mountain pass named for an early settler. The town came into existence with the extension of the Louisville and Nashville railroad, 1890. It was incorporated in 1891. Standing on a short-cut highway to eastern Kentucky, it is a . . . — Map (db m90916) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Rose Hill — K-4 — Martin’s Station
In March 1769 Joseph Martin led a party of men to the Powell Valley, and attempted to establish a settlement nearby. By that fall they abandoned the site after conflicting with Native Americans. Martin returned here with a party of men in early 1775 . . . — Map (db m44357) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Stickleyville — K-32 — Death of Boone's Son
In this valley, on 10 Oct. 1773, Delaware, Shawnee, and Cherokee Indians killed Daniel Boone's eldest son, James, and five others in their group of eight settlers en route to Kentucky. Separated from Daniel Boone's main party, the men had set up . . . — Map (db m35981) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Stickleyville — K-5 — Fanny Dickenson Scott Johnson
In this valley in June 1785, Fanny Dickenson Scott's husband, Archibald Scott, their four children and a young male member of the nearby Ball family were killed by members of four different Indian tribes. The rest of the Ball family escaped, but . . . — Map (db m35982) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Turkey Cove — X-24 — Seminary United Methodist Church
The Seminary United Methodist Church was established in 1851 in Turkey Cove. Over the years this structure has served as a church, a school and a Masonic Lodge. Its first of board of trustees included W. N. G. Barron, James F Jones, Henry C. . . . — Map (db m104890) HM
Virginia (Lee County), Turkey Cove — Turkey CoveAn Appalachian Community in the Midst of War
This valley was one of the most fertile and prosperous in the region during the Civil War. Turkey Cove contained farms large and small, prosperous and failing, and men who weighed their southern-facing economic interests with their traditional . . . — Map (db m104895) HM

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