Roark's Gap Incident

Roark's Gap Incident (HM1OPT)

Location: , VA 24630 Tazewell County
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N 37° 7.757', W 81° 37.268'

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During the French and Indian War (1754-1763)
and the American Revolution (1775 1783),
European powers encouraged their Indian
allies to attack frontier settlers. Such conflicts
took place as settlers moved into lands that
once were Indian territory. During the winter
of 1780, a food shortage caused hardship for
people and animals. While James Roark, an
early settler of this region, and two of his sons
went on a hunting trip, Indians attacked his home, on 18 Mar. 1780. The Indians,
alleged to be Shawnee, killed Roark's wife
and seven of their children. This event was
unanticipated by the settlers because snow
covered the ground.
Marker NumberX-29
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker Condition
8 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 444827 N 4109394
Decimal Degrees37.12928333, -81.62113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 7.757', W 81° 37.268'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 7' 45.42" N, 81° 37' 16.08" W
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Area Code(s)276
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4429 Baptist Valley Rd, VA 24630, US
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