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On October 10, 1774, a battle was fought between American colonists and the native Shawnee and Mingo tribes for control over the junction where the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers met. The colonists came out on top of the conflict, leading to a peace treaty between the tribes and the colonists. The treaty opened the Ohio River Valley to further exploration and new settlements.
The treaty also kept colonists from having to fight a two-front war when the American Revolution began just a few months later.
Know Before You Go
The Point Pleasant Battlefield can be found at the end of Main Street in Point Pleasant, WV. Main Street ends at the edge of the Kanawha River. The site is illuminated at night and is open until 10 p.m.
Point Pleasant can be easily reached via WV Route 62 from Mason, WV or by using WV Route 2. US Route 35 passes within two miles of the site. The Mothman Museum is a few blocks back up Main Street from the battlefield.