Sarah Murray Lewis was a patriot who spent the Revolutionary War years raising her children, managing the plantation "Fort Lewis," and offering safe haven to her frontier neighbors from Indian attacks.
Sarah Murray was born August 1, 1743, in New York. She married Colonel Charles Lewis in 1760, and they lived on the 950-acre plantation on the Cowpasture River in Bath County, Virginia. Colonel Lewis was called to command the Augusta County Regiment in the Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774, against Cornstalk and the Confederacy of Indian Nations. There, he was mortally wounded and buried. Sarah not only lost her husband in that battle, but lost her brother, Captain John Murray, and her half brother, Private George Cameron, as well. Sarah is buried in the family plot behind the manor house.