THe Mary Draper Ingles Trail
The Mary Draper Ingles Trail is a collection of sites and experiences in the Southwest Virginia area commemorating Mary Draper Ingles.
Explore a variety of sites including museums, art installations, hiking trails, theatre, and more.
This map includes sites on the Trail, related local sites of interest, and related historical markers.
Sites on the Trail
An exquisite bronze statue by artist Matt Langford stands watch on the grounds of Glencoe Mansion overlooking the New River. Park also includes contemporary sculpture and historic interpretative signage. Future plans call for a train observatory.
601 Unruh Drive, Radford, VA 24141
Situated in an elegant 1870 Victorian mansion, Glencoe Museum explores the heritage of Radford and the New River Valley. The museum highlights the contributions of Native Americans and early settlers such as Mary Draper, the daughter of Scots Irish immigrants, who was captured by the Shawnee and taken to Ohio. She escaped and walked more than 500 miles to return to her husband, William Ingles. The exhibitions explore industries, and the influence of the river and rail transportation on the settling of the region, and also features an art gallery with rotating exhibits from regional artists Facility is headquarters to the Radford Visitors Center and a well-stocked gift shop.
600 Unruh Dr, Radford, VA 24141
A new play about the American frontier heroine, this outdoor drama runs each year at Nesselrod Bed and Breakfast’s historic Amphitheater. Both Pavilion Dinner/Play and General Admission Play Only Tickets Available.
2018 Performance Dates
June 22, 23 & 24
July 13, 14 & 15
July 27, 28 & 29
The Homestead of William and Mary Ingles is still a working farm today. Features a replica of Mary’s cabin and views of the New River where the family ran a ferry that allowed settlers to continue their journeys during the Great Westward Migration. Open periodically for special events that include colonial life demonstrations.
9 Wilderness Rd, Radford, VA 24141
This artwork was commissioned by The Fine Arts Section of the U.S. Treasury Department under the New Deal programs.
“The Return of Mary Draper Ingles,” oil on canvas painted in 1942 by Alexander B. Clayton
901 W. Main Street, Radford
Hikers can retrace Mary’s return to the New River Valley on a trail that runs along the New River between Glen Lyn and Shumate Falls. In 2017 the trail was designated part of the Great Eastern Trail, a 1,800-mile hiking route running between northern Alabama and western New York.
200 Campground Drive, Glen Lyn, VA 24090
This historic building, operated by the New River Historical Society, features displays that trace the history of the road, which played a major role in American expansion and commerce. There are also changing exhibits on a variety of subjects as well as a rich repository of primary research documents and a museum store.
5240 Wilderness Road, Dublin, VA 24084
Built in 1774, Smithfield was the home of Revolutionary War patriot William Preston. The home, designed in the Tidewater plantation style, provided a haven of aristocratic elegance and became the social and political center of this frontier region. The site features costumed interpreters, heirloom gardens, special events and a museum store.
1000 Smithfield Plantation Blvd, Blacksburg, VA 24060
The organization operates the Andrew Johnston House, a 19th Century Georgian manor that features period furniture, Civil War memorabilia, Native American artifacts and a gift shop. A part-time genealogist and a professional librarian staff a small research center.
208 N. Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134
Located in the old Manse of the Christiansburg Presbyterian Church, this facility features regional historical displays, rotating local artwork and many special events. The museum’s library includes an archive of books, documents, genealogical information and photographs useful to researchers.
300 Pepper Street SE, Christiansburg, VA 24073
U. S. Post Office Mural—This artwork was commissioned by The Fine Arts Section of the U.S. Treasury Department under the New Deal programs.
“Great Road,” oil on canvas painted by John W. de Groot in 1939
Christiansburg Post Office, 2 E. Main Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073
Our Visitor Info page has everything you need to plan your visit to the Mary Draper Ingles Trail!
Historical markers throughout the New River Valley commemorating important historical sites, including many related to Mary Draper Ingles and her family.
Related Sites of Interest
In 1755 colonial heroine Mary Draper Ingles spent part of her Shawnee captivity at Big Bone Lick, Ky. and near what is today’s Portsmouth, Ohio. The people of Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia have embraced the frontierswoman’s famous story, and in 2008 she was honored with a bronze statue in front of the Boone County, KY, Public Library.
Each year West Virginia honors Mary Draper Ingles with festivals and reenactments; in addition, a bridge in Summers County and a trail in Putnam County are named in her honor.