|My brother and I walk the interior.|
Its construction lacked much of the elegance of a typical fort of the era. The picture below shows a current day replica of the fort and its unique firing platforms. These were much criticized but apparently Colonel Armstrong had to make some compromises to erect the fort in a timely manner.
|Inside picture of firing platform.|
|External view of firing platform with Parnell's Knob in the background.|
"According to yr Honour's Orders I have...fixed on a place near Parnell's Knob where one Patton lived, the spot I hope will be agreeable to your Honour as it is near the New Road......I am making the best preparation in my power to forward the new fort as well as prepare the Barracks, &c, all the others for the approaching Winter and today we begin to dig the cellar in the new fort; logs & roof of a new house having there been erected by Patton before the Indians burns his old one. We shall appraise this house, and then take the benefit of it, either for Officer's Barracks or a store house, by which means the provisions may the sooner be moved to this place (referring to McDowell's Mill) which at present divides our strength."
|Patton's House is approximately 200 feet Southeast of the fort.|
You can see the palisade of the fort just beyond the house.
|The well is located in the Northeast corner of the fort.|
When archeologists excavated the well they found a fully formed bucket at the bottom along with many other items.
|Trace of the "New Road" as it leads away from the fort|
|Standing next to the well looking Southeast towards Parnell's Knob. Notice the front gate.|
|View from the edge of the stream looking up at the fort.|
|The stream, the "Conococheague" Easily fordable about 2 feet deep at its deepest point.|
|New Road trace heading back in the direction of the fort.|
|Fort Loudoun in the foreground with the mountain range to the north.|
During the FIW the other side of those mountains was "Injun Territory"