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Historical Markers in Ewing, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Lee County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Lee County, VA (37) Scott County, VA (31) Wise County, VA (25) Bell County, KY (44) Harlan County, KY (33) Claiborne County, TN (22) Hancock County, TN (2)  LeeCounty(37) Lee County (37)  ScottCounty(31) Scott County (31)  WiseCounty(25) Wise County (25)  BellCountyKentucky(44) Bell County (44)  HarlanCounty(33) Harlan County (33)  ClaiborneCountyTennessee(22) Claiborne County (22)  HancockCounty(2) Hancock County (2)
Jonesville is the county seat for Lee County
Ewing is in Lee County
      Lee County (37)  
ADJACENT TO LEE COUNTY
      Scott County (31)  
      Wise County (25)  
      Bell County, Kentucky (44)  
      Harlan County, Kentucky (33)  
      Claiborne County, Tennessee (22)  
      Hancock County, Tennessee (2)  
 
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1Virginia (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 m207050) HM
2Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Abundance of Wild Beasts
The abundance of game animals across Cumberland Gap attracted hunters to the region. Leaving home for months and sometimes years, long hunters such as Daniel Boone harvested deer, beaver, bear, elk, and other animals for their profitable pelts. . . . Map (db m188391) HM
3Virginia (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
4Virginia (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
5Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail
The Wilderness Trail follows as closely as possible the 100-mile route Daniel Boone blazed in 1775 from the Tennessee-Virginia border to Cumberland Gap. Also known as the Warrior's Path or Wilderness Road, the trail opened the lands west of the . . . Map (db m207148) HM
6Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Gateway To Kaintuck — Cumberland Gap National Historical Park —
For travelers who had to walk, the Appalachian mountains seemed like an impenetrable wall, 600 miles long and 150 miles wide. Here at Cumberland Gap you could find both a good way in and a good way out of that rugged labyrinth of ridges, coves, . . . Map (db m190763) HM
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7Virginia (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
8Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Hiking in the Gap — from Iron Furnace — Cumberland Gap National Historical Park —
Just up this trail you can see a rough stone tower that once was the fiery heart of a 19th-century iron-making business. Cumberland Gap provided all the necessary ingredients—abundant waterpower from Gap Creek, iron ore from nearby mines, . . . Map (db m162934) HM
9Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — In Search of Food
Bison and other game animals established paths through Cumberland Gap as they searched for food, salt and water in the old-growth forest. Cumberland Gap, a notch in the Appalachian Mountains created by geologic forces, was a natural corridor . . . Map (db m188410) HM
10Virginia (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
11Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Iron Furnace — Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
From the early 1820s to the 1880s, an iron smelting business here took advantage of the rushing waters of Gap Creek. Today only the creek and part of the original 30-foot-high stone tower remain, a small part of an industrial complex of buildings, . . . Map (db m81372) HM
12Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — John Ball — 1756–1809
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
13Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Z-130 — Lee County / Tennessee
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 1791 to 1794 and . . . Map (db m80237) HM
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14Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — K 126 — Lee County Code Breakers
Frank B. Rowlett (1908-1998) and Gene Grabeel (1920-2015) grew up in Rose Hill, seven miles northeast of here. Rowlett, working in the U.S. Army's Signal Intelligence Service, led the team that in 1940 cracked the Japanese diplomatic cipher machine . . . Map (db m162938) HM
15Virginia (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 m207051) HM
16Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — On Guard In Cumberland Gap — Cumberland Gap National Historical Park —
For 44 months, thousands of troops—both Confederate and Federal—guarded this strategic pass and wagon road. More than a dozen fortifications and batteries on this rugged terrain made it a defense that no general was willing to . . . Map (db m162933) HM
17Virginia (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 m207052) HM
18Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Warriors and Traders
Following game paths, American Indians journeyed through the Gap on trading and warring expeditions. For centuries, the Shawnee, Cherokee, and Iroquois fought for control of the land. In more peaceful times, they traveled through the Gap to trade . . . Map (db m188404) HM
19Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Warriors' Path — Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Before trucks and cars in the 1900s, before steam locomotives in the 1800s, before long-hunters' packhorses in the 1700s, there was long-distance traffic crossing the Gap — on foot — going both north and south. No one knows how many centuries . . . Map (db m188372) HM
20Virginia (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
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21Virginia (Lee County), Ewing — Z-292 — William H. Starnes: Agricultural Educator
Passage of the Vocational Education Act in 1917 brought agricultural training to high schools across the nation. Difficult terrain and poor roadways limited its success in southwestern Virginia. Pioneering educator William H Starnes established a . . . Map (db m148796) HM
 
 
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Oct. 4, 2022