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Blue Ridge Parkway Historical Markers

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a national parkway, a scenic roadway and protected corridor of surrounding parkland, managed by the National Park Service. The limited-access road travels 469 miles through 29 counties in North Carolina and Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
Fox Hunters Paradise Marker
North Carolina (Alleghany County), Hare — Fox Hunters Paradise
The knoll low on the ridge to the right boasts this celestial name. It is well known locally that hunters often sat about a night fire there while they followed the chase in the lowlands. They knew which hound held the lead by the . . . — Map (db m104662) HM
North Carolina (Alleghany County), Laurel Springs — Robert Lee Doughton
Robert Lee Doughton, for whom Doughton Park is named, was born in Alleghany County, North Carolina, November 7, 1863. An original and leading advocate of the establishment and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway, he was a member of the United . . . — Map (db m91786) HM
North Carolina (Alleghany County), Sparta — Stone Mountain
The massive gray rock before you is Stone Mountain, formed about 350 million years ago from intense heat and pressure deep within the earth. Centuries of erosion uncovered the rock and sculptured it into the curious shape it is today. At one . . . — Map (db m140553) HM
North Carolina (Alleghany County), Sparta — Tillers of the Land - Then and NowBlue Ridge Parkway
For thousands of years Native Americans cultivated the fertile valleys of the Blue Ridge region including North Carolina. Employing techniques such as “slash and burn” to clear small areas of forested land and fertilize the soil, the . . . — Map (db m123230) HM
North Carolina (Ashe County), West Jefferson — Mt. Jefferson
Mount Jefferson looms high over the town of Jefferson for which it is named. It was formerly called Negro Mountain because run-away slaves supposedly hid out there while fleeing north. The summit and slopes of the mountain now make up Mount . . . — Map (db m140555) HM
North Carolina (Buncombe County), Bent Creek — French Broad River
The French Broad River played a major role in this region’s early development. Initially called the “Broad River” by eighteenth-century French hunters and traders, it was later named the French Broad River. With headwaters on Pisgah . . . — Map (db m58937) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — Cradle of Forestry
Nestled in the valley below is the Cradle of Forestry in America, the birthplace of science-based forest management and a living legacy made possible by George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate. Some 87,000 acres of the Vanderbilt's . . . — Map (db m123232) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — Browning Knob
Named in honor of R. Gerry Browning, 1884 – 1966. Location and Claims Engineer and Parkway Consultant for North Carolina State Highway Commission, 1925 – 1964. His forceful presentation of the high quality scenery found in North . . . — Map (db m58935) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — North Carolina Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest
The United Daughters of the Confederacy in cooperation with the United States Forest Service planted this 125 acre forest as a living memorial to the 125,000 soldiers North Carolina provided the Confederacy. The 125,000 Red Spruce tree forest was . . . — Map (db m123435) WM
North Carolina (McDowell County), Grassy Creek — Apple Tree
Apple butter, apple cider, applesauce, apple pie! There were few home grown products more useful to the mountain farmer than apples. Cuttings from favorite trees were often taken from place to place when the family moved or children left home. Today . . . — Map (db m140612) HM
North Carolina (Mitchell County), Spruce Pine — First Mountain ParkwayCrest of the Blue Ridge Highway
The scenic mountain highway idea originated long before the Blue Ridge Parkway project began. In 1906, Joseph Hyde Pratt, North Carolina's State Geologist, proposed a toll road following the crest of the Ridge mountains from Marion, Virginia to . . . — Map (db m140600) HM
North Carolina (Mitchell County), Spruce Pine — The Loops
The old Clinchfield Railroad loops and tunnels through the Blue Ridge Mountains before you. Construction of this difficult section began in 1905 when 4,000 workmen, mainly Russian, German and Italian immigrants, began blasting and hammering their . . . — Map (db m123180) HM
North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Cherokee HomelandBlue Ridge Parkway
From here you can see the Qualla Boundary, the 56,000-acre home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It borders Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. The Cherokee originally held over 140,000 square miles in parts of eight . . . — Map (db m150379) HM
North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — With a Brush of a Comet's TailBlue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a collection of diverse and inspiring places. The 469-mile road links Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Like a long beautiful ribbon connecting distinctive gems, the Parkway joins high . . . — Map (db m150299) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Devil's Courthouse
The bare rock profile named Devil's Courthouse is sinister in appearance and legend. Its "devilish" look has contributed to the many folk tales surrounding this mountain. Within the mountain is a cave where, legend claims, the devil holds . . . — Map (db m70413) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Forest Decline
What killed the trees? The balsam wooly adelgid, a pinhead-size insect native to Europe, is responsible. It began attacking the Fraser fir forests here in the 1970s. The red spruce, unaffected by the adelgid, survives in the midst of this . . . — Map (db m58934) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Highest Elevation on Blue Ridge Parkway
6053 Ft. Highest elevation Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road. United States Department of the Interior National Park Service — Map (db m58933) HM
North Carolina (Transylvania County), Brevard — Looking Glass Rock
Like a gigantic mirror, Looking Glass Rock reflects a dazzle of sunlight when water collects on its granite face. This display is especially spectacular in winter when the water turns to ice. Looking Glass Rock is a pluton formed by underground . . . — Map (db m70420) HM
North Carolina (Watauga County), Blowing Rock — A Prosperous Mountain Family
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a gleaming white 23-room mansion of almost 14,000 . . . — Map (db m123231) HM
North Carolina (Watauga County), Blowing Rock — Carriage RoadsMoses H. Cone Memorial Park Carriage Roads and Trails
Flat Top Manor, once the home of textile magnate Moses H. Cone and his family, presides over the former Cone Estate—3,600 acres of forests, meadows and rolling farmlands. Moses Cone, whose hobbies included road-building and cultivating . . . — Map (db m20349) HM
North Carolina (Wilkes County), Traphill — A Mountain HomeKeeping it Warm
All the materials Martin Brinegar needed for building a cabin were here on this farm—trees, rocks, even clay. Martin Brinegar began building this cabin in 1886. Working in his spare time, it took him three years to finish the original cabin . . . — Map (db m123406) HM
North Carolina (Wilkes County), Traphill — Making Linsey-Woolsey
Caroline Brinegar had to plan ahead for many months to make a garment. She made her family's clothes from a fabric called linsey-woolsey that she wove on her loom. Linsey-woolsey is woven from wool yarn and linen (flax) thread. The wool made the . . . — Map (db m123297) HM
North Carolina (Wilkes County), Traphill — The Brinegar FamilyA Part of the Community
The Brinegars were not famous or rich, but they were important to their families and neighbors. In 1876 Martin Brinegar purchased this 125 acre farm from Henderson Crouse, Caroline Joines' uncle, for $200. Two years later Martin and Caroline were . . . — Map (db m123298) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — A Community at "the Mons"Blue Ridge Parkway
By the mid-1800s, the village of Mons, which is Latin for mountain, had grown up around the Peaks of Otter. There was a church, a school, two mills, and a hotel. The small community provided services to tourists who had discovered the Peaks of Otter . . . — Map (db m134491) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Abbott LakeStanley William Abbott — 1908 - 1975 —
The first resident landscape architect and planner of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was his vision, imagination, and creative talents in the Parkway's formative stages that made the Blue Ridge Parkway unique. — Map (db m9743) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Apple Orchard Mtn.
The parkway reaches its highest elevation in Virginia - - 3950 - - on Apple Orchard Mountain. Wind, ice and snow of raging winter storms have pruned this mountaintop forest, giving it an “Old Apple Orchard” appearance. This . . . — Map (db m95966) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Peaks of Otter“A rougher road could not be imagined” — Hunter’s Raid —
(preface) On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of . . . — Map (db m55780) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Polly Woods' Ordinary
Built in the early 1800's, this simple mountain cabin was operated as an inn, or "ordinary", from about 1830 until about 1850. Here the widowed Polly Woods catered to the "ordinary" needs of the weary mountain traveler -- a hot meal, a comfortable . . . — Map (db m9655) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Big Island — A Transportation CorridorNavigating a Historic River
When George Washington stood here in 1772, he sought a way to open a water route to the West. Traveling over the region’s most rugged mountains was time consuming and dangerous. New settlers needed a more efficient way to transport goods like . . . — Map (db m95959) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Big Island — Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge
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Virginia (Bedford County), Big Island — James River
The James River flows from the mountains through Lynchburg and Richmond to the coast. It is the largest river in Virginia and, historically, one of the state’s most important transportation corridors. Before the Civil War, investors built a canal . . . — Map (db m95958) HM
Virginia (Botetourt County), Blue Ridge — Appalachian TrailBlue Ridge Parkway
The Appalachian Trail crisscrosses the Blue Ridge Parkway for 100 miles in Virginia. Farther south, it winds through the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail usually follows the crest of the Appalachian chain, occasionally descending into scenic . . . — Map (db m134499) HM
Virginia (Botetourt County), Buchanan — Peaks of Otter
Straight ahead are SharpTop Mountain and Flat Top Mountain. They are two of the three prominent summits that surround the Peaks of Otter area, approximately 6.5 miles distant. No one knows for certain why the area is called the Peaks of Otter. The . . . — Map (db m95955) HM
Virginia (Floyd County), Floyd — America's Rural LandscapeBlue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway showcases some of America's best rural and natural landscapes. Rocky Knob is known for its pastoral, or agricultural, countryside. The topography of this plateau differs from much of the Parkway. Here generations of family . . . — Map (db m140516) HM
Virginia (Nelson County), Afton — Rockfish Gap
Low passway across Blue Ridge, elev. 1909. Served the buffalo, Indian, and covered wagon. Thomas Jefferson came via stage coach in 1818 to Rockfish Tavern. He presided over a prominent group who resolved to locate the University of Virginia "in the . . . — Map (db m71553) HM
Virginia (Nelson County), Montebello — 20-Minute Cliff
In June and July during corn-choppin time, this cliff serves the folks in White Rock community as a time piece. Twenty minutes after sunlight strikes the rock face, dusk falls on the valley below — Map (db m61338) HM
Virginia (Patrick County), Vesta — Rural Life In Appalachia
Down this path you will find buildings, farm implements and other displays that document rural life in Appalachia over a period of about 100 years. Most were restored and arranged here during the 1940s and 1950s. These displays illustrate . . . — Map (db m11083) HM
Virginia (Patrick County), Woolwine — Buffalo Mountain
Rising to 3,972 feet, Buffalo Mountain is an old and familiar landmark to local residents. Mothers would tell their children that they could go anywhere in a day as long as they could see "the buffalo." The great hump towers a thousand feet above . . . — Map (db m134597) HM
Virginia (Patrick County), Woolwine — Rock Castle Gorge
The gorge is best seen from Rocky Knob's summit, where one can look into the valley 1800 feet below. An old road parallels the creek through the gorge. Initially a trail and later a wagon road, the old road has reverted to its former use as a hiking . . . — Map (db m134594) HM
Virginia (Roanoke County), Roanoke — Roanoke
The city of Roanoke — the historic crossroads of western Virginia — lies in the distance. First established in 1825, it was called "Big Lick" after a nearby marsh where animals found abundant salt licks. In the early 1880s, the little . . . — Map (db m140526) HM

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