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

Greensville County

Virginia

 

1781 - 1981

 
Greensville County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
1. Greensville County Marker
Inscription. Greensville County was formed in 1781 from Brunswick County; parts of Brunswick and Sussex Counties were added later. It was the prehistoric home of the Meherrin and Nottoway Indians. Edward Bland and Abraham Wood explored the land in 1650; the first settlers arrived in the early 1700's. The historic Fort Christanna Road and the Old Halifax Road crossed the Meherrin River at Hick's Ford (Emporia). Governor Alexander Spotswood visited Hick's Ford in 1716- "The most outward settlement on this side of Virginia...." (Fontaine). The British army under Lord Cornwallis passed through the county in May 1781 enroute to Petersburg to join Benedict Arnold. In 1864 the ford was the scene of a conflict when 26,200 Federal troops attempted to seize the railroad bridge.

Greensville County was the home of Captain Robert Hicks, noted Indian trader; Henry Tazewell, American patriot; and John Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Attorney General and Minister Plenipotentiary to France; it is the birthplace of Governor John N. Dalton.

Greensville County has 307 square miles; Emporia is the county seat.

This native stone of Greensville County was given by Trego Stone Corporation
 
Location. 36° 41.211′ N, 77° 32.526′ W. Marker
Greensville County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. Greensville County Marker
is in Emporia, Virginia, in Greensville County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street (U.S. 301) south of Spring Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This memorial is located on the lawn of the Greensville County Court House. 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. Confederate Soldiers of Greensville County (a few steps from this marker); Robert Hicks (within shouting distance of this marker); Chaplain Thomas M. Bulla (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans of the 1914-1918 World War I (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin D. Tillar, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Grave of Gen. John R. Chambliss, Jr. (about 700 feet away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles 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 759 times since then and 70 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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