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Boydton in Mecklenburg County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


County Seat of Mecklenburg

Boydton Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Boydton Marker
Inscription. Mecklenburg County was established March 1, 1765, and named for George III’s consort, Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The first court met on March 11, 1765, at the home of Mr. Richard Swepson in the new county seat, Mecklenburg Courthouse. In 1812, the town was chartered as Boyd Town when Alexander Boyd, Jr. conveyed fifty acres for that purpose. Streets were laid off and named for heroes of the wars with England. The beautiful Greek Revival courthouse was built between 1838-1842 by Messrs. James T. Whitice and William A. Howard, builders of Randolph Macon College, just west of Boydton. It is the only antebellum courthouse in Virginia with a hexastyle (six columns) portico employing the Roman Ionic order and is the Virginia courthouse closest in style to Jefferson’s capitol building in Richmond.
Location. 36° 40.041′ N, 78° 23.292′ W. Marker is in Boydton, Virginia, in Mecklenburg County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Street (Business U.S. 58) and Washington Street (Virginia Route 92), on the left when traveling west on Madison Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boydton VA 23917, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boyd Tavern (a few steps from this marker);
Boydton Map Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
2. Boydton Map
Mecklenburg County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Boydton Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Boyd Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away); Boydton Academic and Bible Institute (approx. one mile away); Taylor's Ferry (approx. one mile away); Old Randolph-Macon College (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Boydton.
More about this marker. On the upper center is a photo of "Mecklenburg Courthouse in Boydton, VA." and on the lower center is a "You Are Here" map of Boydton.

On the right panel are three images carrying the captions:

(top)"‘Sir Archie’ sired some of the great racing champions including John Randolph’s prize stallion ‘Roanoke’. Randolph forecast the decline of Virginia and Southside as the cradle of racing champions."

(middle)"Ps class Pacific No. 1227 pulls Train No. 1 away from Boydton in May 1937 on its westbound run to Danville, VA. Operating on
Madison Street Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
3. Madison Street
a local schedule, No. 1 departed Pinners Point (Norfolk, VA) at 9:00 a.m. on its 7 ½ hour, 207.3 mile run. With a departure of 1:30 p.m. from Boydton, No. 1 was due to arrive in Danville at 4:00 p.m. after making scheduled station stops at South Clarksville, Buffalo Junction, Virgilina, Denniston, Semora, Milton and Blanche. Travelers who preferred sleeping car accommodations could take Southern Train No. 3. With a scheduled 8:30 p.m. departure from Pinners Point, it offered through Pullman car service from Norfolk via a connection at Danville to Charlotte, North Carolina."

(bottom)"Looking west on HWY 58 toward the town hall (with cupola). The town’s water tower can be seen above. Circa 1945."
Also see . . .
1. Boydton, Virginia. (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Boydton Historic District (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Mecklenburg County Courthouse (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. Antebellum South, USColonial EraNotable BuildingsPolitical Subdivisions
Boydton Courthouse (undergoing renovation) Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
4. Boydton Courthouse (undergoing renovation)
Mecklenburg County Courthouse Photo, Click for full size
National Register of Historic Places
5. Mecklenburg County Courthouse
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 572 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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