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.


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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