On April 18,1756 Col. Washington's Virginia Regiment's soldiers went in pursuit of a few Indians. Captain John Fenton Mercer, Ensign Thomas Carter, and fifteen soldiers were ambushed on their pursuit to find Indians in the area. Mercer, Carter, and the fifteen soldiers were killed, this was the most fearful incident to happen around Williamsburg. This battle near Fort Edwards was largest of the French and Indian War to have occurred in West Virginia.
Before The Battle of Great Cacapon River, Joseph Edwards house/ Fort Edwards was the center of town. After the battle the main road was moved no longer making Fort Edwards the center of town. Directions- From Winchester, Virginia head west on Rt 50 across Virginia/West Virginia line to Capon Bridge, WV. Cross Cacapon River in town and take a Right at the Methodist Church on Coldstream Road (formerly Springfield Grade Road). Continue .4 mile to Visitor Center on Right.From Romney, West Virginia take Rt 50 East to Capon Bridge. At Methodist Church (before crossing bridge) take a Left onto Coldstream Road (formerly Springfield Grade Road). Continue .4 mile to Visitor Center on Right.