The place takes its name from the highway ford on the Holston, seven miles west of Royal Oak. The land here belonged to General William Campbell, hero of King's Mountain, 1780. It descended to the wife of John M. Preston. The town originated as a railroad station. It was occupied in Stoneman's raid of December, 1864.
Geographic Location: Smyth County
Physical Description of Location: 1061-1075 Lee Highway (US 11), about .2 miles south of I-81 interchange, Marion, VA 24354.
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