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Established in 1731, Bluemont was originally called Snickers Gap. The U.S. Post Office opened here in 1807. The Blue Ridge gap itself was named for Edward Snickers, the Shenandoah ferry and tavern operator who knew George Washington. Incorporated in . . . — — Map (db m157712) HM
Originally an Iroquois hunting trail, it became by 1786 the first recorded operating turnpike in America, praised by Thomas Jefferson. In 1810 the Virginia Assembly chartered the Snickers Gap Turnpike Company, authorizing three toll gates between . . . — — Map (db m157713) HM
A Village's First School And Church
Amos Clayton, son of the village's founder, and his wife Elizabeth, parents of 12 children — provided one half-acre of their own land for the construction of a schoolhouse and "free" . . . — — Map (db m159195) HM
Across the road, the path leads to the Snickersville Academy, Bluemont's first school and church. In 1825 Amos and Elizabeth Clayton sold, for a "consideration" of $1, one-half acres of land to five neighbors acting as trustees. They built a log . . . — — Map (db m157710) HM