Early Settlers on the Shenandoah River, Augusta County, VA



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Image:Shenandoah_River_Map_Small.gifThe Shenandoah River is one of three major tributary systems of the Potomac River that lies within the boundaries of Old Augusta. [1]

Approximately 150 mi (241 km) long, it drains the central and lower Shenandoah Valley westward of the Blue Ridge, and Page Valley within the Appalachians proper in northwestern Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. It is divided into the North and South Forks of the Shennandoan, which join near Fort Royal. The North Fork of the Shannandoah primarily drains the central portions of the watershed, along with the eastern slopes of the Appalachians. The South Fork of the Shennandoah primarily drains the southern most portion of the watershed, along with the western slopes of the Blue Ridge. It is comprised of three main tributaries, known as the North Middle and South Rivers. The South and Middle Rivers drain the area known as the Beverly Manor near Staunton.

Note: Part of the Shenandoah River (Middle and South River) runs through Beverley Manor and some of the settlers appearing here will also be listed with the listing of settlers there.

Early Settlers

Major TributaryMinor TributariesEarly Settlers
North Fork Shennandoah Dry River or "Little Dry River", Passage Creek, Beach's Creek, Bear Creek, Beaver Creek, Brock's Creek & Gap, Buffalo Draft, Christian's Creek, Cook's Creek, Holman's Creek, Kennedy's Creek, Mossy Creek (including Pudding Springs Draft), Muddy Creek (sits at foot of North Mountain), Naked Creek, Smith's Creek, Spring Creek, Stony Creek, Willing's Creek (also referred to as Walling's Creek), Shoemaker River, Long Glade, German River, Cold Spring River, Briney/Briery Branch, Cedar Branch, Thorney Branch, Stony Lick Branch, Bare Spring (a branch of Dry River), Vail's Spring, Elk Lick, Ft. Run, Stoney Run and Picked (also referred to as "Peaked" or "Massanutten") Mountain Early Settlers on the North Fork
South Fork South River, Christians Creek, Middle River (transactions listed separately below), Irish Creek (near South Mountain), Moffett's Creek, North River, Mill Creek (sometimes referred to as "Stover's Mill Creek), Opeckon Creek (also falls into Frederick County), Borders the "Fairfax Line", Little River and the area between Peaked Mountain and Stuart's Draft, Boone's Run, Crooked Run, Cub Run, Elk Run, Gilgo Run, Pine Run, Richardson's Run, Hawksbill Gap, and Falling Spring Early Settlers on the Shenandoah River (South Fork)
Middle River Early Settlers on the Middle River (of the Shenandoah)
Other Area Some land entries bear no reference to a specific tributary, or if it does, the record uses an eighteenth century name whose modern equivlaent has not been identified. Settlers collected here are believed to lie within the Shenandoah Watershed, but the exact location of their land is not known. Early Settlers Other Areas


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