The Leonora W. Woods Papers include a historical paper on Lord Fairfax, his petition to the King for a survey of his six million acres in Virginia territory,and the surveyors, which included William Mayo and John Savage in 1736. Apparently Mayo's reports enlightened settlers to the pioneer wilderness of the Blue Ridge. He used native names of some places, and he named the Savage River for fellow surveyor. His reports tell of passing through the Alleghany Gap, and finding the party in a miserable state - food was low, cold was excessive, and they were beginning to fear for their lives.
Leonora's paper says that the 1936 survey of this area covers only an infinitesimal part of the vast area covered by the survey (Mayo's) of two hundred years ago.
The three copies of photographs are of a site where Mayo's party camped, the place where Savage enters the Potomac River, and the present Fairfax Stone, marked 1746.