Duffield, Virginia


Duffield was known during the pioneer era as "Little Flat Lick" for a salt spring in the area. And from this open area, visitors can see a notch in Powell Mountain. This is Kane Gap, the pass through which Daniel Boone and the axemen crossed into the Powell River valley and Wallen Creek.

In 1914 the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a marker for Daniel Boone Trail along the main road at the time, parallel to today's US Hwy 23. That marker was later moved and placed along US Hwy 23 at Railroad Ave., north of the intersection of US Hwys 23 and 58.

A similar marker was placed at some time during the mid-20th century by the Duff-Patt Ruritan Club at the intersection of US Hwy 23 and 58 in Duffield.

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Restored 1914 DAR Daniel Boone Trail marker in Duffield

Photograph by Randell Jones

This marker stands along US Hwy 23 at Railroad Ave. in Duffield, VA. [View Additional File Details]

Duff-Patt Ruritan Club marker for Daniel Bone's Trail

photograph by Randell Jones

This marker is highly visible at the intersection of US Hwy 23 and US Hwy 58 in Duffield, VA. It was placed by the Duff-Patt Ruritan Club. The plaque is very close in wording to the DAR's 1914 marker. The eagle on top actually came from the DAR's 1914 marker which was damaged in an automobile accident in the 1950s. [View Additional File Details]

View of Kane Gap

from "The Wilderness Road to Kentucky: Its Locations and Features" by William Allen Pusey, 1921

Kane Gap is readily visible from Duffield today as it was in 1920 when Dr. Pusey took this photograph. The hillside today is wooded, much as it was when Daniel Boone and others passed through the gap in 1775. [View Additional File Details]

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