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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

056-0058 The Gentle Site

The Gentle Site
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/16/1982

NRHP Listing Date 12/13/1985

NPS property number 85003174

One of the largest Woodland period archaeological sites in the Shenandoah National Park, the Gentle site near the crest of the Blue Ridge, poses significant questions concerning its relationship to Late Woodland sites in the Piedmont and the interaction of inhabitants of the two regions along this “cultural frontier” in the Woodland period. By raising the question of the identity of the Blue Ridge as a frontier zone in Late Woodland times, the site might also provide evidence of a link with early European settlement of the mountains.


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

Updated November 14, 2018