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A sign near the mouth of the Bluestone River tells the story of the people who settled in Lilly.

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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.

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Thomas Ingles

Learn about an Thomas Ingles' amazing story of survival and perseverance.

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Mary Draper Ingles

The story of Mary Draper Ingles' capture by the Shawnees and subsequent journey to freedom is one of the great stories of survival.

Last updated: February 14, 2020

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