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084-0003 Kilgore Fort House

Kilgore Fort House
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VLR Listing Date 01/18/1972

NRHP Listing Date 05/19/1972

NPS property number 72001415

Indians remained a threat to Southwest Virginia settlers well into late 18th century. Military blockhouses were no longer deemed essential, but strongly built log dwellings were considered prudent. Robert Kilgore’s stout log house of ca. 1790 represents this stage in frontier development. Both its lower and upper stories are separated into two rooms by log partitions built as strongly as the outer walls, providing the possibility of several strategic retreats. Although threatened on various occasions, the Kilgore house survived the last Indian uprising. Kilgore, who lived here until his death in 1854 at the age of eighty-eight, was a Primitive Baptist preacher as well as a farmer. The house stood neglected for many years but was restored in the 1970s by the Lenowisco Planning District Commission with the assistance of other area agencies to serve as a visitor attraction for a wayside park.


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

Updated April 4, 2018