Posted by: vhasler
N 39° 00.429 W 078° 19.161
17S E 732116 N 4320989
Quick Description: Stone house in region was built in 1753 - likely to protect against Indian attacks.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 2/15/2012 8:23:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMDQR6
The stone house to the south is Fort Bowman, or Harmony Hall, built about 1753 for George Bowman who emigrated from Pennsylvania in 1731-1732. The house is an important example of the Pennsylvania German influence on Shenandoah Valley architecture. There was born Maj. Joseph Bowman, second in command in Gen. George Rogers Clark’s expedition for the conquest of the Northwest in 1778-1779 during the Revolutionary War. Among those buried in the Bowman family cemetery nearby are Joseph Bowman’s brother, Capt. Isaac Bowman, and Samuel Kercheval, the early-19th-century historian of the Valley.
Located in median of divided US-11. Could not see the stone house from the marker.
Marker Number: A-55
Marker Title: Fort Bowman
Marker Location: I-81 Exit 298, North on US11
County or Independent City: Shenandoah County
Marker Program Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources, 1998
Web Site: Not listed
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