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Cheat Summit Fort

County Route 43/4, Monongahela National Forest, Valley Head, WV 26294, USA

Gen. George B. McClellan ordered this pit-and-parapet fort to be built in 1861 under the command of Gen. R.H. Milroy to secure the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike and protect the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The Confederate failure to take the fort in September 1861 was central in the failure of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's western Virginia campaign.


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From I-79 near Weston, take U.S. 33 east to Elkins, then U.S. 250 south to just before Cheat Bridge. Turn right at the sign and right again at the T. Go about 1 mile to the top. Note: Road is sometimes closed due to snow; call (304) 636-1800 for road information.

Visitor Services

Brochure; interpretive signs, viewing platform, trails.

Regular Events

April or early May, semiannual living history and reenactment.

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Daily: Sunrise to sunset.



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