sign commemorating the Lilly townsite

The Bluestone Gorge once provided a route of transportation and migration through a rugged, untamed wilderness. Throughout time, people have passed through the gorge and sometimes settled here. Their stories combine to form the rich cultural history preserved as a part of Bluestone National Scenic River.

historic photo of cabin

Thomas Ingles
Mary Draper Ingles' story of capture by the Shawnees and her escape and torturous journey following the New River home is a fantastic story of survival and perseverance. Her son, Thomas Ingles, has an equally amazing story. more…

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