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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Scott County, Virginia

Clickable Map of Scott County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Scott County, VA (31) Lee County, VA (41) Russell County, VA (13) Washington County, VA (106) Wise County, VA (25) Hancock County, TN (2) Hawkins County, TN (34) Sullivan County, TN (115)  ScottCounty(31) Scott County (31)  LeeCounty(41) Lee County (41)  RussellCounty(13) Russell County (13)  WashingtonCounty(106) Washington County (106)  WiseCounty(25) Wise County (25)  HancockCountyTennessee(2) Hancock County (2)  HawkinsCounty(34) Hawkins County (34)  SullivanCounty(115) Sullivan County (115)
Gate City is the county seat for Scott County
Adjacent to Scott County, Virginia
      Lee County (41)  
      Russell County (13)  
      Washington County (106)  
      Wise County (25)  
      Hancock County, Tennessee (2)  
      Hawkins County, Tennessee (34)  
      Sullivan County, Tennessee (115)  
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1 Virginia, Scott County, Duffield — KA-10 — Carter’s Fort
Three miles east in Rye Cove stood Carter’s Fort, built by Thomas Carter in 1784. It was a station on the Old Wilderness Road from North Carolina to Kentucky.Map (db m44511) HM
2 Virginia, Scott County, Duffield — Z-97 — Scott County / Lee County
Scott County. Area 543 square miles. Formed in 1814 from Lee, Washington and Russell. Named for General Winfield Scott, later commander of the American Army. The natural tunnel is in this county. Lee County. Area 446 . . . Map (db m35986) HM
3 Virginia, Scott County, Dungannon — Dungannon Depot
The Clinchfield Railroad (1902–1983) which runs 277 miles from Spartansburg, SC to Elkhorn City, KY was built originally to haul coal and timber from the mountains to the markets. The first passenger train stopped in Dungannon, Virginia . . . Map (db m90943) HM
4 Virginia, Scott County, Dungannon — Flanary Archaeological Site
Prehistoric hunters and gatherers traveled this land more than 10,000 years ago and later Native Americans settled here about A.D. 800. From evidence recovered by the Archaeological Society of Virginia in 1977, it appears that Indians camped at the . . . Map (db m90958) HM
5 Virginia, Scott County, Dungannon — KA-16 — Patrick Hagan and Dungannon
Patrick Hagan (1828–1917) emigrated from Dungannon, Ireland, about 1844 and joined his uncle, Joseph Hagan, in Scott County. He read law, was admitted to the bar, and became one of the state’s foremost land lawyers. Hagan amassed large . . . Map (db m90940) HM
6 Virginia, Scott County, Dungannon — K-18 — Patrick Porter(1737–1805)
Patrick Porter was among the early pioneer settlers in present Scott County. Nearby on Fall Creek is the site of Porter’s Mill, built by Porter in 1774, the earliest licensed mill on waters of the Clinch River. Porter is also credited with the . . . Map (db m91004) HM
7 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-15 — Big Moccasin Gap
In March, 1775, Daniel Boone made a road through this gap to Boonesboro, Kentucky. It followed the original Indian path and was known as the Wilderness Road. For a long time it was the main route to Kentucky from the east.Map (db m35965) HM
8 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-13 — Blackmore’s Fort
Blackmore's Fort stood to the northeast on the Clinch River near the mouth of Stony Creek. John Blackmore and others likely constructed the fort by 1774. It served as a defensive fortification for settlers of European descent on the frontier. . . . Map (db m89868) HM
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9 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — KA-18 — Carter Musical Family
The Carter Family of Scott County, the "First Family of Country Music", consisted of Alvin Pleasant "A.P." Carter (1891-1960), who sang and composed; Sara E. Doughtery Carter (1898-1979), who sang lead and played the guitar and autoharp; and . . . Map (db m7126) HM
10 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — Daniel Boone Trail
Daniel Boone Trail, from North Carolina through Virginia to Kentucky, marked by the Virginia Daughters of the American RevolutionMap (db m135669) HM
11 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-16 — Donelson's Indian Line
John Donelson's Line, surveyed after the treaty of Lochaber with the Indians, 1770, crossed the road here. This line separated Indian territory from land open to settlement. Violations of the line by settlers contributed to Dunmore's War, 1774.Map (db m35947) HM
12 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-16 — Donelson's Indian Line
Cherokee Indians lived in this area before European settlement. In the Treaty of Lochaber (1770), the Cherokee agreed to shift westward the boundary between their land and territory open to settlers. This new line was to run from the vicinity of . . . Map (db m135668) HM
13 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-12 — Faris (Ferris) Station
About two miles east of Moccasin Gap, Elisha Faris (Ferris) in 1787 obtained 116 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, . . . Map (db m90926) HM
14 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — KA-15 — First Court of Scott County
The monument in the field to the west marks the site of Benjamin T. Hollins's home, in which was held the first court of this county, February 14, 1815.Map (db m35966) HM
15 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — KA-15 — First Court of Scott County
Scott County, named for Gen. Winfield Scott, was formed in 1814 from portions of Lee, Russell, and Washington Counties. The first court met on 14 Feb. 1815 at the house of Benjamin T. Hollins, about half a mile southeast of here. Hollins's house . . . Map (db m135659) HM
16 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-11 — Gate City
The town was laid off in 1815 as the county seat of Scott County. The original name of Winfield, for General Winfield Scott, was changed to Estillville for Judge Benjamin Estill. In 1886, the name was changed to Gate City because of its situation in . . . Map (db m90930) HM
17 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-14 — John P. McConnell(1866-1941)
John P. McConnell, educator, was born about eight miles north of here. He served as acting president of Milligan College in Tennessee and later taught history and economics at Emory and Henry College. An advocate of higher education for women, . . . Map (db m135599) HM
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18 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-14? — McConnell's Birthplace
Eight and one-half miles northwest was born John Preston McConnell, noted educator. He taught in Milligan College, the University of Virginia and Emory and Henry College. He was president of the Radford State Teachers College, 1913-1937. Dr. . . . Map (db m35967) HM
19 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — K-15 — Moccasin Gap
Moccasin Gap in Clinch Mountain links the valleys of the Holston and Clinch Rivers. Through here passed the main trail between Cherokee territory to the south and Shawnee lands in present-day Ohio. Hunters and explorers of European descent were . . . Map (db m135598) HM
20 Virginia, Scott County, Gate City — Scott County Confederate Memorial
Dedicated to the Confederate Soldiers of Scott County by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Let not ignorance of fact or time overshadow their acts of patriotism, bravery, and courage for Virginia and the Confederacy. C.S.A. ”Deo . . . Map (db m135670) WM
21 Virginia, Scott County, Glenita — KA-7 — Carter’s Fort
Near here stood a fort first known as Crissman’s Fort, and later as Carter’s or Rye Cove Fort, and by militia officers as Fort Lee. Built by Isaac Crissman, Sr. in 1774, it was acquired by Thomas Carter (1731 1803) after Crissman’s death at . . . Map (db m90918) HM
22 Virginia, Scott County, Glenita — The Natural Tunnel Route
Railroads, like water, tend to follow the path of least resistance. Early railroad engineers saw Natural Tunnel as a logical path through the mountains to the growing rail systems of the Midwest. The South Atlantic and Ohio Railroad began . . . Map (db m167000) HM
23 Virginia, Scott County, Guy Hollow — The Block House — The Anderson Block House Monument —
The starting point of the road through the wilderness to Kentucky, and the station where travelers used to wait until parties collected large enough to defend themselves against Indians on the journey. Built about 1777 by Captain John Anderson, . . . Map (db m104335) HM
24 Virginia, Scott County, Nickelsville — KA-9 — Kilgore Fort House
The Kilgore Fort House was built in 1786 by Robert Kilgore whose family were early settlers in this area. It was one of the twelve forts between Castlewood. and Cumberland Gap providing ready refuge for settlers from Indian attacks in the late . . . Map (db m90933) HM
25 Virginia, Scott County, Snowflake — K-17 — Houston’s Fort
The first known settler of European descent in Scott County, Thomas McCullough, moved here in 1769 and lived on Big Moccasin Creek until about 1771. Houston's Fort, built by William Houston and other settlers about 1774 stood near McCullough's . . . Map (db m89862) HM
26 Virginia, Scott County, Speers Ferry — Natural Tunnel: Railroading and Recreation
As early as 1852, railroaders, local merchants, and mineral speculators knew Natural Tunnel would be the most economical rail route to the coal fields of Lee County and the western part of present day Wise County, because the Tunnel would let them . . . Map (db m36109) HM
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27 Virginia, Scott County, Speers Ferry — Speers FerryThe Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail —
(Right Side):Speers Ferry Historically the Clinch River served as a major avenue for settlement and opened up the area of southwestern Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Among other settlers, Daniel Boone lived along the banks of this . . . Map (db m36087) HM
28 Virginia, Scott County, Speers Ferry — The Copper Creek Railroad Trestles
The Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway built the taller of the two structures which stand before you in 1908. At 167 feet over the Copper Creek-Clinch River junction, the Copper Creek Viaduct was then one of the tallest railroad bridges in the . . . Map (db m36106) HM
29 Virginia, Scott County, Speers Ferry — The Wilderness Road Crossing of the Clinch River
In 1775 Daniel Boone and a group of axmen, following a Native American trade route, blazed a trail from the Anderson Blockhouse to a site on the Kentucky River. This trail, later to become the Wilderness Road, traversed 200 miles of wilderness and . . . Map (db m36100) HM
30 Virginia, Scott County, Weber City — First Court of Scott County
This monument marks the spot where the first court of Scott County was held February 14, 1815. Erected to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Scott County, Virginia 1815 - 1915.Map (db m35968) HM
31 Virginia, Scott County, Weber City — Z 230 — Scott County / Tennessee
Scott County. Scott County was formed in 1814 from Lee, Washington, and Russell Counties. It is named for native Virginian Gen. Winfield Scott (1786-1866) in recognition for his victories during the War of 1812. Scott later became commander . . . Map (db m158076) HM
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Jun. 4, 2023