Washington's Key Decision

"I have given all necessary orders for training the men to a proper use of their arms, and the method of Ind'n fighting, and hope in time to make them expert."

- Col. George Washington, on the eve of the Sandy Creek Expedition, 1756

The Path to Partnership

Ostenaco"I have now made a path to Virginia, and think of it every day, and when I get there I shall enquire for the Enemy, there I will be likewise."

- Cherokee Outacite "Mankiller" Ostenaco, in preparation for the
Sandy Creek Expedition, 1756

- Shown above: Ostenaco's partial portrait Scyacust Ukah by Joshua Reynolds, 1762.
Courtesy of The Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

An Essential Partnership in the French-Indian War

Explore the little-known expedition that changed the course of US American history! The Sandy Creek Expedition of 1756 was the first time the British, with its colonial army in Virginia, teamed with Cherokee Indians to combat French and Shawnee Indian forces ...
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Come on our Driving History Tour!

Relive this historical venture by taking the Sandy Creek Expedition Driving Tour in scenic southern West Virginia. Visit the camp sites and appreciate the rough but beautiful terrain while following the expedition route.


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