Mary Draper Ingles, the Radford pioneer woman, captured by Native Americans in the summer of 1755 and commemorated by the town for her harrowing 500 mile walk to get home to the New River Valley is one of twelve women who will be honored as part of the Virginia Women’s Monument in Richmond.


Members of the Virginia Women’s Monument committee visited Radford to learn more about Mary Draper Ingles, whose likeness will be one of 12 statues depicting Virginia history. Pictured at Ingles Farm are (from left) Colleen Dugan Messick, executive director, Virginia Capitol Foundation; Mary D. Ellison, descendent of John Draper; Marian English, donor and Susan Clarke Schaar, senate clerk, VCF and Women’s Commission board member.

The Long Way Home, Inc., which presents the Radford outdoor history-drama telling the story of Ingles’ capture and escape is one of the donors to the Virginia Women’s Monument project.

Recently, members from the monument project visited Radford and toured the Ingles statue, viewed the Mary video and permanent exhibit at the Radford Visitor’s Center and visited Ingles Farm.

Tourism Director Deb Cooney helped welcome the committee.

“Radford is very excited to work in partnership with the Richmond project to continue to tell the story of Mary and her epic journey,” Cooney said. “The story is a key piece of our heritage and continues to be one of the leading reasons that visitors come to Radford.”

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