About two miles east of Moccasin Gap, Elisha Faris (Ferris) in 1787 obtained 116 acres on both sides of the Moccasin Creek. He and his family settled in the area about 1782 and their home became a stop on the Wilderness Road. On 26 Aug. 1791, Bob Benge, also known as "Chief Benge" and "Capt. Bench," and other Native Americans raided the Faris property and killed, Elisha Faris, his wife, and a couple other family members. Benge conducted raids in the region and other neighboring states during an extended period of conflict in response to attacks on Cherokee communities in the South.
Geographic Location: Scott County
Physical Description of Location: 157 Kane Street (US 421 Business), about .1 miles west of junction with US 421, Gate City, VA 24251.
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