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053-0498 Vestal's Gap Road and Lanesville Historic District

Vestal's Gap Road and Lanesville Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/15/1999

NRHP Listing Date 02/03/2000

NPS property number 99001722

Vestal’s Gap Road, from the 1720s to the early 1820s, was a principal emigration and commercial route from northern Virginia through the Blue Ridge Mountains across the Shenandoah River to the Ohio country beyond. British General Edward Braddock and Virginia Colonel George Washington also used the road for troop movements in 1774-1775 during the French and Indian War. Vestal’s Gap Road remained an important thoroughfare in northern Virginia until the Leesburg Pike bypassed the old road in the 1820s. A particularly well-preserved half-mile section of Vestal’s Gap Road in eastern Loudoun County has been a focal point of a recreational and educational park operated by the county since 1976. The park also contains a two-story frame ordinary known as Lanesville located immediately south of the road. Built about 1807, the building served as the Lanesville post office until the mid-19th century. Together, the road and ordinary represent the economic and military importance of early roads to 18th- and early 19th-century northern Virginians.


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

Updated October 14, 2018