The Wilderness Road - Ft Chiswell, Va
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member fatcat161
N 36° 56.912 W 080° 56.045
17S E 505868 N 4089165
Quick Description: Located on the Lee Highway near the intersection of I77 & I 81.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/2/2009 10:43:34 AM
Waymark Code: WM74XH
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow
Views: 11

Long Description:
This marker is part of the Fort Chiswell site marker.

The first great gateway to the west, the route was used by buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the Civil War Soldier, and the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features

The Wilderness Road was the principal route used by settlers to reach Kentucky for more than fifty years. In 1775, Daniel Boone blazed a trail for the Transylvania Company from Fort Chiswell in Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky.

In 1796, an improved all-weather road was opened for wagon and carriage travel.

Use of the Wilderness Road fell when the National Road was opened in 1818, allowing travel to the Ohio River on level ground from the East. At the same time, the steamboat first appeared on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, allowing travel both up and down the rivers.

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The plaque reads:
The Wilderness Road of colonial days ran near this marker. Prior to 1800 more then 60,000 settlers traveled this road and helped found civilization in southwest-Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Erected by Wilderness Road Chapter Daughters of the American Reveloution Wytheville, Va.
Feature Discription: Wilderness Road resting point at Fort Chiswell, Va

Web address for the route: [Web Link]

Secondary Web Address: [Web Link]

Beginning of the road: Draper's Meadows

End of the road: Ohio River in Louisville

Visit Instructions:
We ask that if you visit the site, please include a unique picture with your impressions of the location. If possible, and if you are not too shy, please include yourself and your group in the photo. Extra points will be given for your best buffalo imitation or if you are licking something salty.
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