Mount Jackson set for state historical marker dedication

As visitors pass through Mount Jackson, they will see a new historical marker in the center of town on U.S. Route 11.  The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will dedicate a marker Saturday highlighting the early history of the town.

“It designates the history of the town,” said Kenna Fansler, president of the Mount Jackson Museum. “Mount Jackson, when it was settled in the mid to late 1700s, was originally called Mount Pleasant. When Andrew Jackson was president, he traveled what is now Route 11 on his way to Tennessee and he’d stop in Mount Jackson and visit with people. The citizens of the town petitioned the general assembly for their OK to change the name from Mount Pleasant to Mount Jackson. That occurred in 1826.”

Fansler explained that the process for the marker began in December when the museum started a project to get the town an historic marker. The museum approached the Town Council for approval, which was granted, and the council also agreed to partner up with the museum. Then an application was put in to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in Richmond. The application was approved in March.

The marker’s cost was $1,600 and was covered by the town  and the Mount Jackson Museum.

The text of the marker will read as follows:

Mount Jackson

This area was a Native American hunting territory before settlers of European descent arrived early in the 18th century. Fertile land and powerful streams supported an agricultural and milling economy. In 1826 the Virginia General Assembly established the town of Mount Jackson here in a community formerly known as Mount Pleasant. Named for Andrew Jackson, later U.S. president, the town became a regional transportation hub because of the Valley Turnpike, built in the 1830s to improve previous roads, and the Manassas Gap Railroad, extended here in 1859. Union and Confederate troops passed through frequently during the Civil War, and several Confederate hospitals were established here.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the marker’s location on Route 11 in Mount Jackson. The event is open to the public and will include speakers from the town, the Museum of Mount Jackson and the state Department of Historic Resources.