John Powers' Fort was located in Bridgeport, on nearby Simpson Creek. The following excerpt also explains (possibly) the origins of the town's name.
From the North American Forts website
(1774 - 1780's), Bridgeport
A settlers' fort on Simpson Creek, with access provided by a log pontoon bridge over the creek, hence the name. Site located on Davis Street. This may have been John Powers' Fort
(1771), or another site. The town was originally named Bridge Fort
, but was mis-spelled on an early map.
For some interesting reading on VA Governor Joseph Johnson, click here
For the Wikipedia article on Benjamin Wilson, click here
. He appears to have been more of a politician than a soldier/settler.
Historical Marker, located on Rt 50 in Bridgeport. Sign is across from Ace Hardware, about 2 miles east of I-79. (Also very close to Leeson's Suzuki, a GREAT family-run shop
) The actual location of the fort was unknown for years until one of the local historians discovered some documents that show it was about 3 miles from here at the I-79 Exit 121 (Meadowbrook Mall).
Rt 50 looking eastbound.
Looking at Exit 121 on I-79. It was at this interchange area where it is believed the original fort stood. I guess the chances of searching for clues around here is lost forever.