Sandy Creek Expedition Historical Interpretation Projects
Background: In 1756 a combined military force of Cherokees and Virginians, 340 strong, carried out an expedition down Dry Fork and Tug Fork towards the towns of French-allied American Indians to retaliate for the defeat of General Edward Braddock’s army at the Battle of the Monongahela. This important campaign has been poorly interpreted along its route in the past, but Mountain RC&D decided to remedy this.
Projects: In 2008, the MtnRCD sponsored a tour of the expedition route for several individuals and authorities who might help with developing an historic byway in the West Virginia portion of the route. In 2009, a multi-fold brochure was produced by a MtnRCD volunteer (see top two images above). Then in 2010, the MtnRCD had a website developed to complement the brochure (visit http://www.sandycreekexpedition.info/). Sign panels were designed by the MtnRCD volunteer in 2016 and made by Pannier Graphics. Then, with grants from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Coal Heritage Area Authority, the MtnRCD purchased sign bases from Pannier and volunteers erected them along the expedition route in 2020.
Cooperating partners: WV Humanities Council, Coal Heritage Area Authority, McDowell County Solid Waste Authority, Panther Wildlife Management Area, WV Division of Parks, City of Welch, City of Iaeger, Berwind Volunteer Fire Department, Barton-Billups Community Park, Berwind Cabins, McDowell County Commission, and McDowell County Sheriff’s Department. A tour followed erection of the signs to demonstrate tourism potential of the signs, and you can view videos of the tour stops at https://www.facebook.com/cityofwelchwv/ .