Across the road in a fringe of trees and brush, and slightly east of where the old fort stood is the old fort graveyard, with rows of small, uncut stones marking the final resting place of those who died from either the stroke of disease or tomahawk in the long ago.
This is the "small fortification" that Captain Russell wrote Preston was being built at Blackmore’s at the mouth of Stony Creek, but which in time grew to be the second most important fort on the frontier. Built on the lands of Captain John Blackmore, who along with his brother Joseph had come from Fauquier Co., VA, with their families to carve out homes in the wilderness in the year 1772.
Fort Blackmore was established by John and Joseph Blakemmore. Lieut. Daniel Boone and his family lived at Fort Blackmore in present Scott County, Virginia from October of 1773 until March of 1775 and was in command of Fort Blackmore and other forts on the Clinch River in 1774 while the militiamen were engaged in the Point Pleasant campaign of Dunmore's War.
Fort Blackmore was located on an ancient flood plain on the north bank of Clinch River, just opposite the mouth of Rocky Branch, a southern tributary of the river. The exact location is a rather more elevated portion of this plain, about seventy-five paces from the river's edge at low water. From the highest point, the slope is by gentle undulation both toward the river and toward the low range of hills north of the fort. South of the fort, in the bank of the river and almost buried in its sands, is the spring...the door of the fort opened toward the spring, thus affording a pleasant southern exposure. On the south bank, across the river from the fort, two limestone cliffs arise to great height almost from the water's edge. They are separated by the narrow channel of Rocky Branch. On the north, a series of hummocky river hills sloped down to the rear of the fort. An extension of one of these hills cuts the narrow flood plain almost to the bank of the river, a short distance to the east of the fort. On the points of this extension, the burial ground of the old fort is located. Here the final resting places of the pioneers...are marked by a few rough, uncarved stones.
According to Samuel Alley who was born in sight of the fort in the year 1801, it was torn down and no vestige of it remained in 1887, when he paid a visit to his old home and found the ground where the old fort stood being tended in corn. However, nearby stood an apple tree planted by his father which to that day was known as the "John Alley Apple Tree."
GPS Coordinates: 36.76868, -82.58291
- Added: 28 Dec 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2630934
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