April 15, 2021

The View from Fort Bowman Road

This lovely view is on the northern edge of Strasburg along Fort Bowman Road.  Unfortunately, it is within earshot of the roar of Interstate 81, and if you turn to the right you see a gas station and a fast-food restaurant. Continue turning and you see a new historical marker for the Bowman Family.
Signs 2 / Little Things Thursday

"To the east is Fort Bowman, built ca. 1771 for the family of George and Mary (Hite) Bowman. This house exemplifies the merging of German and English architectural styles in the Shenandoah Valley. The Bowmans, with others of German and Scots-Irish origin, had moved to this area from Pennsylvania in the 1730s and had become slave-owners. Their son Maj. Joseph Bowman was second in command in Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark's Vincennes Campaign during the Revolutionary War. Second- and third-generation family houses preserved nearby include Isaac and Mary Bowman's Mount Pleasant (1812), Col. George and Elizabeth Bowman's Long Meadow (1848), and Charles and Rebecca Hite's farmhouse (1850s)."
The house called Fort Bowman is at the end of the road. I believe it is currently occupied so I am using a picture of it that I took in 2009. My understanding is that the entire house does not date back to 1771; it has been enlarged over the years.

I have previously posted pictures of the Bowman-Hite farm which is on the other side of Cedar Creek. 


  1. A splendid view in that first shot.

  2. Gorgeous views and photos! Have a great day and a happy weekend!

  3. ...most homes have been added on to over the years. Some for the better and some for the worst.

  4. Pretty view! Interesting historical information!
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    Have a blessed day!

  5. You live in a beautiful area. I like old homes like this, but the history is sad.


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