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Max Meadows in Wythe County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Austin's Birthplace

 
 
Austin's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, November 25, 2009
1. Austin's Birthplace Marker
Inscription. Near Austinville, five miles west, was born Stephen F. Austin, "Father of Texas", November, 1793. He began his colonization work in 1821.
 
Erected 1937 by Conservation & development Commission. (Marker Number KD 8.)
 
Location. 36° 50.975′ N, 80° 51.41′ W. Marker is in Max Meadows, Virginia, in Wythe County. Marker is on Fort Chriswell Road (U.S. 52) just north of Lead Mine Road (Virginia Route 69). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4965 Fort Chriswell RD, Austinville VA 24312, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carroll County / Wythe County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson’s Ferry and Shot Tower (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fincastle County (approx. 3.6 miles away); Wythe County/ Carroll County (approx. 5 miles away); Anchor and Hope Plantation (approx. 8.2 miles away); Lead Mines (approx. 8.3 miles away); Hillsville (approx. 8.8 miles away); “New River Train” Song (approx. 11.5 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Austin's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, November 25, 2009
2. Austin's Birthplace Marker
Austin's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 29, 2010
3. Austin's Birthplace Marker
Austin's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 29, 2010
4. Austin's Birthplace Marker
Looking south on US 52 (Fort Chiswell Road); Lead Mine Road is to the right. If the photo is enlarged, another marker (Carroll County / Wythe County) can be seen in the distance on US 52.
Austin's Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 29, 2010
5. Austin's Birthplace Marker
Looking north on US 52 (Fort Chiswell Road) toward the New River, Jackson's Ferry, and the Shot Tower.
Stephen F. Austin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
6. Stephen F. Austin
This undated portrait of Stephen F. Austin by an unknown artist hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In 1822, Stephen F. Austin led a group of Anglo­American emigrants to settle a site in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. He gained the cooperation and trust of the newly formed Mexican state, which saw Austin's colony as a way to settle and improve its lands. For ten years Austin led the colony and grew to believe that Mexico, not the United States, should control Texas. However, his hand was forced when the Mexican government, fearing the American colonists' independence, began to harass them. Austin was arrested in 1835 for allegedly plotting to annex Texas from Mexico. Released, he joined the subsequent revolt as commander of the army of Texas. After the declaration of the Republic of Texas (1836), Austin was defeated as its first president by Sam Houston, the war's military hero.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
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