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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Refuge in the Wilderness

"Refuge in the Wilderness" by David Wright Posted by Picasa

Martin's Station provided the western-most point of refuge for settlers heading along the Wilderness Road into the new frontier, and the Kentucky Blue Grass. Joseph Martin established the first fort in March 1769 near present day Rose Hill, VA, but was forced to abandon the effort due to attacks by Native American forces. He returned in January 1775 to establish a stockade fort which later that year served as a launching point for Daniel Boone's expedition through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. The path Boone blazed became the 'Wilderness Road' and by 1800 had seen more than 300,000 settlers move along it's route. Friends of the Wilderness Road State Park.


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