The fort was attacked on two separate occasions in March and again in August of 1790 by the Shawnee Indians, who took six of the settlers as their prisoners in the second attack. The prisoners were taken hundreds of miles away, but some eventually found their way back to the Kanawha Valley. John Young and Keziah Tackett, daughter to Lewis Tackett, and their one-day old baby, Jacob, among the others, used the cover of darkness to escape to Ft. Lee (Charleston) during a rainstorm in August 1790.
In 1829, John Lewis built a mansion at this site and called it Valcoulon, after Savory de Valcoulon, a French nobleman, who had previously claimed this land. In 1861, Camp Tompkins was established at the Lewis mansion and the home was used as a Confederate headquarter by Captain George S. Patton, grandfather of the WWII General George Patton. George Patton later led troops along with Colonel Tompkins during battle of Scary Creek. This land was bought as part of the effort to build St. Alban's short-lived Shelton College in 1872. The small college preparatory academy was operated by the Baptist church and closed in the early 1900s.
During World War I this site became home to a munitions plant operated by the Rossler Chemical Company. The company created torpedo fuses and explosives. In 1948 this site became home to the Valley Drive-In Theater. The theater was closed in August 1996. In 1988 this site became home to a retail outlet of the 84 Lumber Company, a firm established in 1956 with many locations.