In 1755 George Washington, at 23 years of age, was given command of the Virginia Regiment at the outset of the French & Indian War, often referred to as "The War that made America" as it eventually lead to the American Revolution.
In 1756 Washington oversaw the building of a chain of forts from Maryland to the Carolinas to protect settlers in the region. Winchester, VA, was chosen as the site of a "Strong Fort" to serve as an anchor and command center for the chain of forts.
The French and Indian War Foundation commemorates this period in our country's history each year at the site of the original Ft. Loudoun. The event includes interpreters of the history of the era and gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of the frontier, the people who settled the Shenandoah Valley and the conditions in which they lived.