Civil War Talk: Williams Gap Rd
July 27, 2019 2:00 pm
Saturday July 27, 2019 at 2pm
B Chord Brewing Presents:
Williams Gap Road to the Blue Ridge from 1700s to the Civil War
Author and Historian Carl Sell will outline how the WIlliams Gpa Road was the main route to the passageway in the mountains that has become Snickers Gap and played a large role in the movements of troops on both sides during the Civil War.
Sell will discuss the various historic homes that still stand along Williams Gap Road. Early inhabitants built the shouses, and some took time out to fight with George Washington’s American Armyin the Revolutionary War. Washington himself traveled through Snickers Gap as a young surveyor on his way to map the Shenandoah Valley.
The Civil War brought huge armies, Mosby’s Rangers and competing patrols to the Loudoun Valley. Sell will talk about the leaders and units that clashed along the Blue Ridge in what is in close proximity to Williams Gap Road.
Feldspar Farm was one of the sites built before the new country was born. Williams Gap Road was the main thoroughfare from Harper’s Ferry and Leesburg to the Blue Ridge. Nearby Woodgrove spawned the beginning of the road to gap.
Carl Sell is the author of the booklet “Snickers Gap and Nearby Sites in the Civil War”, which has been uddated for this presentation. He also authored books about his great grandfather and great uncle, both of whom passed through Snickers Gap on the way to Gettysburg in June of 1863. He also has written about General Jeb Stuart, who formed Mosy’s Rangers and was a frequent visitor to Snickers Gap.
Join other Civil War and Williams Gap Road enthusiasts for a ride along the road from the Revolution to the Civil War. Be vigilant and prepared for interruptions from others whose ancestors patrolled the area. Bring along the memories of your ancestors and share them with the author.
– B Chord Brewing will have the delicious farm fresh beer along with food.
-On display will be Civil War artifacts discovered during recent excavations at B Chord Brewing, a 66 acre farm brewery located on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain in Round Hill, Virginia.