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Saluda in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Middlesex County Courthouse

 
 
Middlesex County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 19, 2008
1. Middlesex County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. In 1849, the county seat of Middlesex was moved from Urbanna to Saluda. Engineer John P. Hill completed the present courthouse in 1852. During the Civil War, Federal cavalrymen stationed in Yorktown made several excursions through the county. Court clerk Philemon T. Woodward (1852 – 1892) concealed the county’s colonial records nearby in Dragon Swamp, thereby saving a rich source of local history from potential Union souvenir hunters. Virginia’s first county museum was established in the old clerk’s office in 1935, and Works Progress Administration workers constructed the brick wall enclosing the complex during the same decade.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N-41.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 37° 36.375′ N, 76° 35.699′ W. Marker is in Saluda, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of General Puller Highway (Virginia Route 17) and Gloucester Road (Virginia Route 33) on General Puller Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saluda VA 23149, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as
Middlesex County Courthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 19, 2008
2. Middlesex County Courthouse and Marker
Note the wall surrounding the courthouse, as mentioned on the marker.
the crow flies. Middlesex County Confederate Monument (here, next to this marker); 1st Lt Beryl R. Newman (a few steps from this marker); Middlesex County Veteran's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Morgan v. Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Middlesex County / Gloucester County (approx. 1.6 miles away); Scottish Factors Store (approx. 1.6 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Rosegill (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saluda.
 
More about this marker. Philemon T. Woodward was clerk of the Middlesex County Court from 1852 - 1892.
 
Also see . . .  The Dragon Run Story. The story of Philemon T. Woodward hiding the records. (Submitted on December 4, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 978 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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