Beyond The Shore: Legacy of the Golden Horseshoe
Swift Run Gap Trading Post
The Trading Post at Swift Run Gap is located at the crest of the Blueridge Mountains. Owned and operated by a stern and somewhat unimaginative man named Oleg Leveton and his wife Svetlana, the trading post’s remote location and inconvenient distance from the major colonies has prevented it from realizing significant financial success. This is fine with Oleg, who in truth decided to move to such a remote location to get away from the constant machinations and political maneuverings in his hometown of Charles City. Oleg and Svetlana have spent the past few months building a small fort at Swift Run Gap. Their customers are few and far between, consisting mostly of trappers, hunters, and natives, but the trade in furs and jerky are enough to keep them in business. Business promises to pick up for them considerably if Count Spotswood’s plans to explore and settle the Shenandoah prove successful.
Oleg’s trading post is surrounded by a wooden palisade that stands 20 feet high. At the north-east and south-west corners of the palisade are 20-foot-square watchtowers, though Oleg obviously cannot man these himself. There’s one entrance through the palisade—a 30-foot-wide wooden gate in the south-facing wall.
Specific locations within the palisade are listed in brief below.
- A1. Market Yard: This open area is where trade takes place. The two tables near the fire pit are used to display wares and serve food to visitors, while bulky trade goods are offloaded into the storage pen.
- A2. Guesthouse: Oleg rents out the beds in this guesthouse to anyone who wishes to stay the night at a rate of 5d a bed per night. A rustic breakfast and filling dinner is included in that price.
- A3. Stable: Oleg keeps his jittery horse Claptrap here. He rents out the other stalls to visitors’ steeds at a rate of 2d per stall per night—that price includes a day’s worth of water and feed and a complimentary rub down for the horse.
- A4. Storage Pen: This fenced area has a wooden roof to keep off most of the rain and snow—trade goods like furs and other goods are stored here until enough build up to warrant a trip to the city to sell them off. The pen is currently empty.
- A5. Middens: Three 3-foot-deep composting pits and middens.
- A6. Main Hall: This squat but solid wooden building is Oleg and Svetlana’s home and the storeroom for the trading post. The double doors leading out into the market yard can be barred but not locked.
- A7. Dining Room: This is a comfortable room with a few chairs and a table—the Levetons use this room primarily as a dining room.
- A8. Office: This room is where Oleg keeps his ledgers and meets with important visitors—in theory. As of yet, no one of importance has bothered visiting the trading post.
- A9. Stockroom: This room is used to store the trading post’s stock.
- A10. Storeroom: This room contains two barrels of drinking water, a half-full barrel of lantern (whale) oil, one oil lamp, a dozen candles, a week’s worth of firewood, one hooded lantern, 70 feet of hemp rope, a tent, and enough food (mostly cheese, hard bread, and dried venison) to last Oleg and Svetlana for 10 days (82 lbs).
- A11. Bedroom: This modest bedroom is where the Levetons sleep.
View West from Swift Run Gap