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The Arbor Vitae image, Touch for more information
By Larry Gertner, May 2007
The Arbor Vitae
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — “Vires-Acquirit-Eundo” Ancient Arbor Vitae
Before dying in 1980, this more than 1600 year old specimen of the Arbor Vitae tree was the oldest and largest known in the world. Itís (sic) diameter measures 56 inches. Depending on climatic conditions that determine itís (sic) growth rate, the . . . — Map (db m105822) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — A Miracle in Stone ... Old as the Dawn ó Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge has enormous proportions. Man first discovered Natural Bridge a few hundred years ago. But Nature, through millions of years, had worked with patient labor and magnificent skill to construct this monument which would stand for all . . . — Map (db m105824) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — George Washington
Around 1750, while surveying Natural Bridge, George Washington carved his initials under the bridge's arch. His initials can still be seen today, directly across Cedar Creek and 23 feet up. — Map (db m11082) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — Lace Waterfalls
From high on the south end of the first ridge of the Alleghany Mountains, 180 miles away, originate the headwaters of Cedar Creek. Before you, Cedar Creek plunges 50 feet to the creekbed. As the seasons change, the waterfall transforms from delicate . . . — Map (db m105828)
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — Lost River
About 1812, workmen from the Saltpetre Cave heard the waters of the Lost River, and blasted the opening to it that you see today. A water main was attached to transport water to the hoppers and kettles used to extract the nitrate from the cave. . . . — Map (db m105865) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — Monacan Village ó circa 1700
The Monacan Indian Nation and Natural Bridge invite you to witness, in a living history environment, glimpses of what life would have been like in a small Monacan Village (sic) 300 years ago along the banks of Cedar Creek. This is a project of . . . — Map (db m105825) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — A-72 — Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge holds a unique place in American history as one of the natural wonders and first tourist attractions in the New World. Artists and illustrators popularized its image. This natural semielliptical arch is made of limestone carved by . . . — Map (db m48) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — Natural Bridge ó Time Out for Touring ó 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 m33398) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — Natural Bridge Patent
1926 This tablet commemorates the fact that the Natural Bridge patent was surveyed by George Washington about 1750 A.D. and was granted to Thomas Jefferson July 5, 1774 A.D. Erected by The Natural Bridge Chapter of the . . . — Map (db m105821) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — Z-129 — Rockbridge County / Botetourt County
(obverse) Rockbridge County Area 616 Square Miles Formed in 1778 from Augusta and Botetourt, and named for the Natural Bridge. Samuel Houston and Cyrus H. McCormick were born in this county. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson . . . — Map (db m55788) HM
Virginia (Rockbridge County), Natural Bridge — Saltpetre Cave
During the War of 1812 and the Civil War (1861-1865), earth from this cave was mined for the bird and bat droppings that it contained, to make gunpowder. The earth was saturated with cold water and left in hoppers for a day or two. Once boiled in . . . — Map (db m105826) HM

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