Go To The Mary Draper Ingles Trail

In 1755 the French and Indian War gripped many parts of America’s frontier. But a small settlement in Virginia’s New River Valley seemed relatively peaceful for Mary Draper Ingles and her family. At least, until a warm, sunlit Sunday in July. On that day Mary began a harrowing journey that still captivates us today.

The Mary Draper Ingles Trail has been selected to be part of a collection of history trails in celebration of Virginia’s role in the settlement and evolution of America. Explore our website to learn more about this pioneer heroine and the many sites and events that tell the story of this region’s important role in the founding of the United States.

For more information about Mary's journey and her capture at what is now the Virginia Tech Duck Pond, visit