A Place In History

"When People make a lot of changes they like to look back to see how things were.
It's really good that we can look back on 'em and see."

Osborne's Ford like most other communities in the southern mountains, was settle by Scotch-Irsh and English immigrants who traveled here from North Carolina in search of land.

The settlers were largely self-sufficient until the Twentieth Century brought industrialization. Not only did this alter the way of life, but it changed the name of the community itself, from Osborne's Ford to Dungannon.

The coming of the railroad, timbering and coal mining created a "boom town" atmosphere until World War I. Though family farms continued to provide a subsistance for many, men began seeking "paying jobs" outside this rural community. By World War II, migration to urban centers became predominant. The migration of young people continues today.


A Project of
Dungannon Development
Commission, Inc



6,000 B.C. Indians camped on Clinch River.
1,000 A.D. near site of Dungannon.
1,000 A.D. Indians lived in Village near Hunter's Ford (now Dungannon).
1763 End of French and Indian War. Prior to this the Clinch Valley was claimed by the French.
1763-1783 The Clinch Valley was designated Indaian Territory by the British.
1770's Long hunters and explorers travel through the area on Hunter's Path, crossing the Clinch River at Hunter's Ford.
1772 Patrick Porter settled on West Side of Fall Creek near present day Dungannon. He built a fort and grist mill.
1770-1794 Numerous Indian attacks on early settlers in the area.
1774-1795 Moore's Fort at Castlewood was operated to protect early settlers.
1774 Daniel Boone commanded Moore's Fort and Fort Blackmore.
1777 Indians captured Polly Alley, near present site of Dungannon and took her to Ohio She escapes and returns.
1782 Stephen Osborne surveyed land and settled at Hunters Ford which later became known as Osborne's Ford.
1786 Gov. Patrick Henry signed deed for Stephen Osborne's track of land at Osborne's Ford. Osborne;s Ford became a trading center for Clinch River settlers.
1832 Daniel Ramey established a ferry at Osborne's Ford.

Joseph Hagan bought land in area including Sulphur Springs and Hunter's Valley.

1860's Patrick Hagan, nephew of Joseph Hagan bought land from William Robinson and built Hagan Hall at Sulphur Springs .

The railroad reached Osborne's Ford and the town was renamed Dungannon by Patrick Hagan for his home in Ireland.

1918 Dungannon was incorporated as a town.

Dungannon was centered for timber shipping form lumbering in the area. Small coal mines were operated near Little Stoney Creek.