Fort Trial

Fort Trial (HM16XT)

Location: Bassett, VA 24055 Henry County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 44.588', W 79° 56.213'

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Fort Trial, constructed in 1756, once stood nearby overlooking the Smith River. It was one in a series of forts authorized by the General Assembly to be built on the frontier to protect settlers from Indians during the French and Indian War. The square fort was made of twenty-foot split timbers erected close together. Four feet of timber were buried in the earth and the walls were about sixteen feet high. George Washington visited Fort Trial in 1756. It was abandoned near the end of the eighteenth century when hostilities between colonists and Indians had subsided.
HM NumberHM16XT
Marker NumberA 54
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 594910 N 4066904
Decimal Degrees36.74313333, -79.93688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 44.588', W 79° 56.213'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 44' 35.28" N, 79° 56' 12.78" W
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Area Code(s)276
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5745 Virginia Ave, Bassett VA 24055, US
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