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Fort Ashby

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Built  1755
Added to NRHP  December 18, 1970
Zip code  26719
Area code  304
NRHP Reference #  70000657
Elevation  184 m
Population  1,380 (2010)
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Location  South St., Fort Ashby, West Virginia
Area  9.324 km² (9.065 km² Land / 10 ha Water)

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Fort Ashby is a historic stockade fort located in Fort Ashby, West Virginia, USA. A military installation constructed during the French and Indian War, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Map of Fort Ashby, WV 26719, USA

In 1755, Colonel George Washington gave orders to build a stockade and fort on the East Side of Pattersons Creek. On Christmas Day, 1755, Captain Charles Lewis of Fredericksburg took command of the fort and a garrison of twenty-one men. He had orders from Colonel Washington to remain quiet as long as he could and to hold the fort as long as possible, but if necessary rather than surrender, he should burn it and try to escape to Fort Sellers on the east side of mouth of Patterson’s Creek. The only major battle at Fort Ashby occurred in 1756 when Lieutenant Robert Rutherford and his rangers were defeated by a band of French and Indians. During the siege, Colonel John Ashby, who was out of the fort, was attacked by Indians and made a remarkable escape to the fort. It is from this incident that the name was applied.

The Daughters of the American Revolution own Fort Ashby. The museum is open for special events and by appointment only.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Notable people

  • Lynndie England
  • References

    Fort Ashby Wikipedia

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