Fort could become only Va. site from French & Indian War on national list

Posted: July 5, 2013

The Winchester Star

Patrick Farris (right) gives a tour of the Fort Loudoun site in Winchester in 2009. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Officials with the French and Indian War Foundation (FIWF) were pleased to learn of the addition of Fort Loudoun to the Virginia Landmarks Register earlier this week.

The fort — at 419 N. Loudoun St. and constructed in the 1750s — is a half-acre portion of the larger site where George Washington designed and constructed a fort as commander of the Virginia Regiment in 1758, according to Randy Jones of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR).

The DHR added Fort Loudoun to the register, and the FIWF owns the property.

“The foundation is very excited on receiving this recognition of the significance of this site on North Loudoun Street,” wrote Linda Ross, president of the FIWF, in an email Wednesday.

“It provided the foundational experience for both George Washington in his development as a leader and for the colonies as they emerged from frontier to nationhood.”

The designation also should help the FIWF with its goals of raising public awareness of the war, collecting and conserving the period’s history and preserving and interpreting the landmarks found in the former back country of the mid-Atlantic colonies,” according to Ross.

Ross and Alan Morrison, the foundation’s secretary, both said Wednesday that — in addition to being placed on the state’s register — Fort Loudoun could soon be on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We have also applied to be on the national register and expect an answer sometime in August,” Morrison said.

If added to the National Register, Fort Loudoun would be the only Virginia site from the French and Indian War on the list, according to Ross.

Fort Loudoun is the 22nd site in Winchester to be added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Additional information on the the fort is available online either at frenchandindianwarfoundation.org or fiwf.org.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com