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Newtown in King and Queen County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Newtown

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, December 22, 2009
1. Newtown Marker
Inscription. Newtown began as a pre-Revolutionary tavern crossroads on the intercolonial King's Highway. The settlement prospered in the antebellum period, becoming King and Queen's largest post village and supporting several fine academies and schools. In June 1863 Newtown witnessed the last tactical action of General George Pickett's Division before its long march to Gettysburg.
 
Erected 1981. (Marker Number OB 9.)
 
Location. 37° 54.813′ N, 77° 7.671′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Virginia, in King and Queen County. Marker is at the intersection of Newtown Road (Virginia Route 721) and Byrd's Mill Road (Virginia Route 625) on Newtown Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newtown VA 23126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Park Church (here, next to this marker); Clark Home (approx. 8.7 miles away); Apple Tree Church (approx. 8.7 miles away); Cavalry Raids (approx. 9.1 miles away); Montville (approx. 9.8 miles away); Fonthill (approx. 10.1 miles away); Old Rappahannock Courthouse (approx. 10.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Mount Pleasant (approx. 10.5 miles away).
 
Regarding Newtown.
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By Bernard Fisher, December 22, 2009
2. Newtown Markers
"The first mention of Newtown in the official records of the war is by General George Pickett on June 3, 1863: "I received a message from General Lee to send eight wagons and a guard to Newton for some corn. I know of no such place." Pickett called his commander's attention to the crossroads, Newtown, and was immediately ordered there to meet an expected attack by Federal columns from both Aylett and Tappahannock. From their deployment at Newtown on June 5, Pickett's Division began the long march that carried it to a tragic end at Gettysburg." National Register of Historic Places
 
Also see . . .
1. Newtown Historic District. King and Queen County (Submitted on December 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Newtown Historic District (PDF file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on December 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USColonial EraRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Newtown Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 22, 2009
3. Newtown Markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 747 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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