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Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rockaway

 
 
Rockaway [at the Stonewall Jackson House] Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
1. Rockaway [at the Stonewall Jackson House] Marker
Inscription. A rockaway is a low, four wheeled pleasure carriage with a standing top, open at the sides. It is named for the town of Rockaway, New jersey, where they were originally made.

Jackson probably bought his rockaway in 1859, possibly from the local carriage dealer in Lexington. His wife wrote in her memoirs, “Upon a visit from my mother to us, he went out and, unexpected to me, bought a rockaway, saying she was not strong enough to walk all over town, and he wanted her to see and enjoy everything while she was with us.”

In May 1861, shortly after the war began, Jackson wrote his wife from Harper’s Ferry, “Let Mr. Tebbs have the horse and rockaway at his own price; and if he is not able to pay for them, you give them to him, as he is a minister of the Gospel.”
 
Location. 37° 47.107′ N, 79° 26.476′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker can be reached from East Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 East Washington Street, Lexington VA 24450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson 1824-1863 (here, next to this marker); The Stonewall Jackson House (here, next to this
Rockaway in the carriage house at the Stonewall Jackson House image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
2. Rockaway in the carriage house at the Stonewall Jackson House
marker); Jackson's Garden (here, next to this marker); The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793 (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell House, ca. 1845 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sloan House, ca. 1844-45 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lexington (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Additional keywords. Stonewall Jackson, Lexington, Virginia, Stonewall Jackson House, Mary Anna Jackson
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Carriage House image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
3. Carriage House
The carriage house, where the Rockaway is stored on the grounds of the Stonewall Jackson House, is the second building in the background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 984 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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