In the more than 250 years since Mary Draper Ingles was captured by Shawnee warriors, escaped and made her historic return journey to the New River Valley of Virginia, much has been written and produced about the preeminent colonial heroine. Mary represents hundreds of women who survived capture and returned to their log cabin homes during the early settlement of the region west of the Alleghenies. Today a 22-foot obelisk stands in her honor in the center of West View Cemetery, about a mile and a half from where she lived out her life at the historic Ingleside homestead (Ingles Farm). The obelisk, constructed of the chimney stones from the original Ingles cabin, was erected in 1909 and is featured in the book, “A Guide to American Women’s Landmarks”.

More to See in Radford

The Sportsman

Conveniently located just off Interstate 81 at Exit 105, the Sportsman offers a picturesque setting right on the New River. Call for more details!

Glencoe Museum

Hours: Tu-Sa 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Sun. 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Closed Mondays Explore the heritage of Radford and the New River Valley in this 19th-century Victorian home, built by Civil War General Gabriel Colvin Wharton on the banks of the New River. Glencoe highlights...

Winterfrost Farm

Winterfrost Farm, located in Radford, VA in the beautiful New River Valley of Southwest Virginia, offers horseback riding, birthday parties, trail rides, riding lessons, and leases, using our wonderful rescue horses. Our unique equine rescue takes in and cares for...

Take a look at the Radford Art

Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network links visitors to local artisans, farms, galleries, craft venues, and other creative points of interest. These Radford artisans/galleries/studios are included in ‘Round the Mountain: Towhee Hill Studio Kay Cook...

Nesselrod on the New River

Built in 1939 and overlooking the historic New River, this gorgeous nine-acre estate is now a five-room bed and breakfast that hosts weddings, family reunions, social and outdoor events. One mile from Radford University, Nesselrod is centered in the New River...

Mary Draper Ingles Mural

In the 1940s, part of the New Deal Art Program implemented creating art in post offices all across the United States of America. Radford became one of those post offices that created and published a work of art. Funded by the U.S. Treasury Department, This art...

Mary Draper Ingles Monument
1500 Fifth St.
Radford, Virginia 24141

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