Near here stood a fortified dwelling used for shelter during periods of warfare between European colonists and Native Americans. To this fort in 1756 came Mary Draper Ingles (Mrs. William Ingles) for protection following her escape from captivity by the Shawnee Indians. She was taken prisoner on 30 July 1755 following an attack on the Draper's Meadows settlement in Montgomery County near present-day Blacksburg. The story of her forced march to the Ohio Indian towns, her subsequent escape, and her long trek back home is part of the folklore of frontier Virginia. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763), many settlers abandoned this area and fled eastward.
Geographic Location: Bedford County
Physical Description of Location: 9492 W Lynchburg Salem Turnpike Montvale, VA 24122. Located on West Lynchburg Salem Turnpike (Hwy 221), 0.75 miles northwest of the intersection of West Lynchburg Salem Turnpike (Hwy 221) and Wilkerson Mill Road. Marker is on the left when traveling northwest on West Lynchburg Salem Turnpike (Hwy 221).
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