National Geographic : 1932 Jan
THE TRAVELS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON with some 30 men from Lunenburg, "but none of them would strike a stroke unless I would engage to see them paid forty pounds of tobacco a day." From Fort Vaux Colonel Washington visited the forts in what was then Halifax County, sites now in Patrick, Henry, and Fran k lin counties. With his report to Governor Dinwiddie he inclosed a letter from Captain McNeil saying that within two hours after Colonel Washington had left Fort Vaux two white men had been killed on the road over which he had just passed. THE LOCATION OF WASHINGTON'S SOUTHERNMOST FORT On October Io, 1756, Colonel Wash ington reported: "This day, within five miles of the Carolina line, as I was proceeding to the southernmost fort in Halifax, I met Major Lewis." He found Capt. Samuel Harris in command at that fort, which he lo cated, in his "Plan of the Number of Forts," o 12 miles from Fort Trial, This southernmost for appeared from the lands I discovered in an old F War affidavit made by Jo of Capt. Robert Wade, a abled me to locate and id affidavit Echols describ Captain Wade, "Comn Mayo in 1758," to "ran signs of whose presence ered in the vicinity of pr burg. He set forth th U Photograph by Clifton Adams AN OLD FIREPLACE AT HAREWOOD (SEE OPPOSITE PAGE) In his travels to Fort Cumberland and the forks of the Ohio, George Washington often stopped with his brother Samuel, a neighbor of Charles Washington (see page 30). James Madison was married to the beautiful Dolly Todd in this room. The portrait of Col. Samuel Washington over the mantel is a reproduction of the original painting. n the Mayo River three miles the first day, and passed Gob ,on Smiths River. lingtown, and "camped at the foot of the t of the chain dis- Blew Ledge," meaning Blue Ridge. On :ape long ago, but their return they came by way of Fort rench and Indian Blackwater, where the party divided, one >hn Echols, an aid part going with Echols directly to Fort clue that has en- Mayo, while Captain Wade led the other entify it. In the by way of Hickey's Fort, en route to Fort ed a trip under Mayo. nandant at Fort These statements indicated that Fort lge for Indians," Mayo must have stood in the locality of the had been discov- fort which Washington described as the esent-day Blacks- southernmost fort in his chain and which at they marched he said was commanded by Captain Harris.