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October 2014 Edition

Fort Loudoun Hill 

Fort LoudounIf one heads north on Loudoun Street from the walking mall two blocks, stopping at the corner at Peyton Street they are standing just inside the southern wall of what was once Fort Loudoun. Walk another 50 yards and there is a home now owned by the French and Indian Foundation. This house stands at what was once the center of the fort. It was common practice to pilferage building supplies from Fort Loudoun and many houses in Winchester contain these “recycled” remnants. The foundation of this particular home was created from the last of the removable limestone local residents borrowed from the crumbling structure. William Peyton completed the house in 1838. The well that supplied water for the home was the old Fort’s well, ordered to be dug by Washington. It is still located on the south side of the house.

There is an eerie tale concerning the house, it comes from a servant of Mr. Peyton, who was hired to dig the foundation. Soon after work began he uncovered the skeleton of a man. His manner of dress indicated he was a British officer; his leather belt decayed but the buckle and his spurs were well preserved. The tale exists only in the oral history within the Peyton family as no official record of the discovery or treatment of the body can be found. The legend goes on to say that the family decided to continue with the building, leaving the poor fellow where he was found.

If you would like more information on Fort Loudoun visit the George Washington Museum located at the corner of Braddock and Cork Streets.