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The text of the historical marker reads:
BIG CRAB ORCHARD OR WITTEN'S FORT
"On the hillside to the south stood Big Crab Orchard Fort, also known as Witten's Fort. Thomas Witten obtained land here in 1771 and built the fort as a neighborhood pl…
During Dunmore's war (1774) and the
between Indians and colonists often intensified
as European powers encouraged Indians from
the Ohio region to attack frontier settlers.
Tensions also sometimes incre…
On the hillside to the north stood Wynne's Fort. A settlement was made here as early as 1752. Some years later William Wynne obtained land here and built a neighborhood fort. After 1776 the state government built a fort and garrisoned it.
The town was laid off as the county seat, in 1800, when Tazewell County was formed, on land given by William Peery and Samuel Ferguson. First known as Jeffersonille, the name was changed to Tazewell, for Senator Henry Tazewell. Averell was here in…
The Shawver Mill community grew up here around the gristmill that George Shawver built before 1860. William Leffel and Adam Britts soon built sawmills, and the community developed like many in Virginia during the 19th century. By 1911 it sustained…
Burke's Garden is named for James Burke whosurveyed the region with James Patton by1750. According to tradition, Burke buriedsome potato peelings in the region's fertilesoil during a survey expedition. Sometimelater another group camped at the sam…
Known for its fertility and greatnatural beauty, the bowl shapedBurke's Garden is the highest valleyin Virginia. James Burke discoveredit during the 1740s while hunting andsettled here about 1754. After fouryears Burke and his family moved toNorth…
On the hillside to the south stood Big Crab Orchard Fort, also known as Witten's Fort. Thomas Witten obtained land here in 1771 and built the fort as a neighborhood place of refuge. It was garrisoned in Dunmore's War, 1774.