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Batesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Staunton and James River Turnpike

 
 
Staunton and James River Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 2, 2009
1. Staunton and James River Turnpike Marker
Inscription. The Staunton and James River Turnpike ran through here at Batesville and stretched for 43½ miles from Staunton to Scottsville. Construction began in 1826 and was completed by 1830. The turnpike provided a direct route for Shenandoah Valley farmers to transport agricultural products to Scottsville, then to Richmond via the James River and Kanawha Canal. Because the turnpike became impassable during wet weather, it was converted to a plank road (wooden boards laid crosswise to the road surface) beginning in 1849. The emergence of the railroad industry and the high cost of maintenance resulted in its disuse by the late 1850s and eventual incorporation into the country’s road system.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number GA-40.)
 
Location. 37° 59.719′ N, 78° 43.32′ W. Marker is in Batesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Plank Road (County Route 692) just west of Miller School Road (County Route 635), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Batesville VA 22924, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miller School (approx. 1.6 miles away);
Staunton and James River Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 2, 2009
2. Staunton and James River Turnpike Marker
On the right is Plank Road's intersection with Miller School Road.
Mirador (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Rothwell Family ... / Elisha Wm. Robertson ... (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Mirador (approx. 4.3 miles away); VDOT Workers’ Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Crozet (approx. 5.3 miles away); Jackson’s Valley Campaign (approx. 6.1 miles away); Nelson County / Albemarle County (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
The Batesville Store and Post Office image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 2, 2009
3. The Batesville Store and Post Office
The store is across the parking lot from the marker on Plank Road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 719 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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