Benge's Saddle

     At Benge's Gap, south of Norton, on the road leading up to High Knob, is the Benge's Saddle, on a cliff jutting out from Benge's Gap. It is a perfect saddle in every respect, including the pommel. It is a part of the large cliff at Benge's Gap, and the saddle is on the southeast side with the pommel facing south. The saddle is near the top of the cliff, about seventy-five feet from the ground, and is easily accessible by following the cliff top for about 250 feet from it's intersection with the Gap. The half-breed Chief Benge, tradition tells us, when returning from his attacks on the Holston and Clinch Valley settlements, always returned to this route and it is said that he always climbed into the saddle and sat for awhile. He was ambushed and killed at this Gap by a company of settlers who had followed him from the Holston Valley settlements after he had stolen a Mrs. Livingston, and was making his way back northward in 1794. This was the last Indian attack made on settlers in this section.

     Information from: collected notes in my possession.

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