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077-0013 Ingles Ferry

Ingles Ferry
Photo credit: Michael Pulice/DHR, 2016

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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/25/1969

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 69000275

Ingles Ferry was started by William Ingles in 1762 when he obtained a license to operate a ferryboat across the New River. Ingles was assisted by his brother-in-law John Draper. Over the ferry moved many of the settlers taking up land in Kentucky and Tennessee; the boat ran day and night with tolls amounting to over a thousand dollars a month. The Ingles Ferry Tavern, erected in 1772 on the Pulaski County side of the river, became a popular social center for the travelers. Andrew Jackson and George Rogers Clark were among its patrons. The ferry was eventually replaced by a bridge, which was burned in the Civil War. The Ingles Ferry was again put into operation and continued until 1948. The 1840 ferry house burned in 1967. The log and frame tavern is in stable condition and the crossing remains undisturbed by modern intrusions.

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

Updated: June 2, 2022