This pass was long the gateway to the West. On April 13, 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker reached the gap, which he named for the Duke of Cumberland, son of George II. A few years later Daniel Boone and numberless pioneers passed through it on the way to Kentucky. In August, 1863, Cumberland Gap was captured by a Union army under General Ambrose E. Burnside.
Geographic Location: Lee County
Physical Description of Location: Ewing, VA 24248. Located on Old Wilderness Road (Hwy 58), 1.8 miles northeast of the junction of Old Wilderness Road (Hwy 58) and Cumberland Gap Pkwy (Hwy 25E). Marker is on the left when traveling northeast on Old Wilderness Road (Hwy 58).
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