Lee County, the western-most county in Virginia, was formed from Russell County in 1792; a part of Scott County was added later. The county is named for Henry _x001C_Light-Horse Harry_x001D_ Lee, governor of Virginia from 1791 to 1794 and former American RevolutionarWar Officer. Cumberland Gap National Historic Park lies partly in Lee County and in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. The Cumberland Gap was the principal route through the mountains that Native Americans and early European settlers used to travel to the west and the south. The county seat is Jonesville.
Geographic Location: Wise County
Physical Description of Location: 217 Orby Cantrell Highway (US 23), Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. Marker is on right when traveling south on US 23, about 4.2 miles south of junction with US 58 Alt.
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