Captain James Moore Homestead

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The Captain James Moore Homestead archaeological site is located in Abbs Valley in Tazewell County, and is associated with the earliest European American frontier settlement of the area, begun in the 1770s. James Moore moved with his family to Abbs Valley in the decade after the French and Indian War. He fought as a militia captain during the American Revolution at the 1781 Battle of Guilford Court House. Capt. Moore returned to his frontier outpost and sustained his homestead there until July 14, 1786, when Shawnee Indians allied with the British killed him, and killed or captured his family. Surviving family members returned to the homestead in 1798 and lived at or near the original site until 1822. Artifacts recovered from intact cultural deposits at the Captain James Moore Homestead site verify this chronology and provide additional information important to understanding frontier settlement in southwestern Virginia.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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