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The Virginia Trails To The Past website organizes resources, research, and records for your Virginia family history.

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What's New

5/5/2012 Added Civil War Maps of Central VA and Prince William County VA
10/15/2012 Added partial cemetery listings for Chincoteague, Accomack Co
9/20/2012 Added partial cemetery listings for Accomack Co, and plaque image and transcription in Onancock, Accomack County.
8/17/2012 Added partial cemetery listings for Alexandria, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun Counties
6/6/2012 Posted Lists of Virginia Navy Officers and Enlisted Men who died in World War I
5/11/2012 Posted Finished List of Virginians in World War I
4/4/2012 Started adding Virginians in World War I
3/30/2012 Added 5 old photographs to the Forts page.
3/25/2012 Added old postcards
3/25/2012 Added Alexandria marriages 1803-1810
3/24/2012 Added a few obituaries for Carroll, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Pittsylvania, Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe counties.
3/22/2012 Added school yearbook and newspaper records for Fairfax, Fauquier, and Roanoke counties.
3/20/2012 Added 1834 Alexandria Directory, Accomack County Obituaries
3/19/2012  Launched the updated Virginia website -- more to come soon

Kilgore Fort House

Kilgore House

Kilgore Fort House is a restored fort house. It doesn't have walls around it, it was simply a house built for defense. These types of homes were common on the frontiers of Virginia between 1763 and 1795. It is the only one remaining in existence.

Kilgore Fort House was built about 1790 by Reverend Robert Kilgore near Nickelsville, Virginia in Scott County. There are two stories with two rooms on each story. The rooms are divided by timber partitions. The arrangement of the interior is such that in case of attack, retreat was possible into the next room and a final stand could be made in the northeast room of the second floor. The original design had no windows, only gun ports. The doors were made of heavy timbers and a heavy wooden bar was used to lock them.

Despite its design for protection, there is no record of it ever being attacked. It is located at a natural crossing of Copper Creek. At least two bridges, including the one in use, have been built there.

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