Friday, June 27, 2014

Downtown in Cumberland Gap

The passage created by Cumberland Gap was well-traveled by Native Americans long before the arrival of European-American settlers. The earliest written account of Cumberland Gap dates to the 1670s and was written by Abraham Wood of Virginia.[1]
The gap was named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II of England, who had many places named for him in the American colonies after the Battle of Culloden.[2] The explorer Thomas Walker gave the name to the Cumberland River in 1750, and the name soon spread to many other features in the region, such as the Cumberland Gap. In 1769Joseph Martin built a fort nearby at present-day Rose Hill, Virginia, on behalf of Dr. Walker's land claimants. But Martin and his men were chased out of the area by Native Americans, and Martin himself did not return until 1775.[3]
In 1775 Daniel Boone, hired by the Transylvania Company, arrived in the region leading a company of men to widen the path through the gap to make settlement of Kentucky and Tennessee easier. On his arrival Boone discovered that Martin had beaten him to Powell Valley, where Martin and his men were clearing land for their own settlement – the westernmost settlement in English colonial America at the time.[4] By the 1790s the trail that Boone and his men built was widened to accommodate wagon traffic and sometimes became known as the Wilderness Road.

Cumberland Gap was the center of a lot of activity during the Civil War and these are sometimes called Battle of the Cumberland Gap. In June 1862, Union Army General George W. Morgan captured the gap for the Union. In September of that year, Confederate States Army forces under Edmund Kirby Smith occupied the Gap during General Braxton Bragg's Kentucky Invasion. The following year, in a bloodless engagement in September 1863, Union Army troops under General Ambrose Burnside forced the surrender of 2,300 Confederates defending the gap, gaining Union control of the gap for the remainder of the war.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Third Creek Greenway

Our family has been using the Third Creek Bike Trail since it first opened and we continue to use it. The trail has expended over the years, so you can walk a section or you can ride the whole trail. You could walk it, but it would take a while.  Link showing map of the Third Creek Greenway.  Link

Boo and John Meyer working cleaning up debris in the creek

Boo has lost interest, but John is still working            

Greenway Community Service award

Field of Daisies on Third Creek Greenway

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Walk in Concord

This building is being remodeled. 

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Mystery building

Detail of arched window