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Emporia in Greensville County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Benjamin D. Tillar, Jr.

 
 
Benjamin D. Tillar, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
1. Benjamin D. Tillar, Jr. Marker
Inscription. Benjamin Donaldson Tillar, Jr. (1853-1887), a Greensville County native, president of the Atlantic and Danville Railroad, and member of the House of Delegates, is known as "the man who named Emporia." Two villages, Hicksford and Belfield, merged in 1887 to form the town. Tillar named the town after Emporia, Kansas, the hometown of his friend, United States Senator Preston B. Plumb. Emporia comes from the Latin word meaning a place of plenty where business is transacted. The town became a city in 1967.
 
Erected 1992 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UM 39.)
 
Location. 36° 41.26′ N, 77° 32.521′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Virginia, in Greensville County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 301) 0.1 miles north of Spring Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Hicks (within shouting distance of this marker); Chaplain Thomas M. Bulla (within shouting distance of this marker); Greensville County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Soldiers of Greensville County
South Main Street (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. South Main Street (facing north)
(about 300 feet away); Veterans of the 1914-1918 World War I (about 500 feet away); Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Shiloh Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Tarleton's Movements (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Emporia.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 695 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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