Fort Loudoun (Virginia)

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Fort Loudoun Site
FT. LOUDOUN SITE, WINCHESTER, VA.jpg
Building of the fort site
Fort Loudoun (Virginia) is located in Virginia
Fort Loudoun (Virginia)
Location419 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia
Coordinates39°11′21″N 78°9′50″W / 39.18917°N 78.16389°W / 39.18917; -78.16389Coordinates: 39°11′21″N 78°9′50″W / 39.18917°N 78.16389°W / 39.18917; -78.16389
AreaLess than one acre
Built1756–1757
NRHP reference #13000650
Added to NRHPJune 26, 2014[1]

Fort Loudoun was a historic fortification of the French and Indian War, located in what is now Winchester, Virginia. The fort was built between 1756 and 1758 under the supervision of George Washington, then a colonel in the militia of the British Province of Virginia. It was named for John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, who commanded the British forces in North America for a time during the war. Washington and his militia regiment were headquartered at the fort for two years. The fort was a roughly square bastioned earthworks, whose extent spread across where North Loudoun Street runs.[2]

The property at 419 North Loudoun encompasses the historic heart of the fort, including a well dating to the fort's construction, and a portion of its northwest bastion.[2] This area has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] This property is now owned by the non-profit French and Indian War Foundation.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "PIF Resource Sheet for Fort Loudoun Site Well" (PDF). Virginia DHR. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  3. ^ "Fort Loudoun History". French and Indian War Foundation. Retrieved 2014-07-07.