Fort Ashby

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Fort Ashby
Fort Ashby.jpg
Fort Ashby is located in Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
Fort Ashby
Fort Ashby
Fort Ashby is located in West Virginia
Fort Ashby
Fort Ashby
Fort Ashby is located in the United States
Fort Ashby
Fort Ashby
LocationSouth St., Fort Ashby, West Virginia
Coordinates39°30′18.77″N 78°45′56.64″W / 39.5052139°N 78.7657333°W / 39.5052139; -78.7657333Coordinates: 39°30′18.77″N 78°45′56.64″W / 39.5052139°N 78.7657333°W / 39.5052139; -78.7657333
NRHP reference #70000657 [1]
Added to NRHPDecember 18, 1970

Fort Ashby is a historic stockade fort located in Fort Ashby, West Virginia, US. A military installation constructed during the French and Indian War, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On October 26, 1755, Colonel George Washington gave orders to build a stockade and fort on the East Side of Pattersons Creek. The fort was completed about six weeks later, commanded by Captain John Ashby and his 2nd Company of Rangers. He had orders from Colonel Washington to remain quiet as long as he could and to hold the fort as long as possible, but if necessary rather than surrender, he should burn it and try to escape to Fort Sellers on the east side of mouth of Patterson's Creek. The only major battle at Fort Ashby occurred in 1756 when Lieutenant Robert Rutherford and his Rangers were defeated by a band of French and Indians.[2]

The Friends of Ashby's Fort own Fort Ashby. The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, March - November, and for special events.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 23 January 2007.
  2. ^ Clifford M. Lewis (September 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Fort Ashby" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 18 August 2011.

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