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032-0026 Point of Fork Arsenal Archaeological Site

Point of Fork Arsenal Archaeological Site
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VLR Listing Date 11/05/1968

NRHP Listing Date 10/01/1969

NPS property number 69000242

One of the nation’s few 18th-century arsenals, Point of Fork was established at this strategic point during the Revolution. It was raided on June 5, 1781, by Col. John Graves Simcoe, commander of the Queen’s Rangers, in a move coinciding with Tarleton’s raid on the Virginia legislature at Char-lottesville. Simcoe’s men destroyed the buildings and burned the supplies, leaving only the stone foundations. New build-ings were erected near the site after the war, and Point of Fork was operated as a state arsenal until 1801 when it was abandoned in favor of the more centrally located arms manufactory in Richmond. During its brief period of service, Point of Fork was used for the manufacture and repair of arms and equipment and supplied material to combat the Whiskey Rebellion and to aid the Fallen Timbers campaign.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018