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Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Prettyman’s Rolling Road

 
 
Prettyman's Rolling Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 16, 2010
1. Prettyman's Rolling Road Marker
Inscription. This historical landscape hasn't really changed in the past 250 years. The Factor Store has gone through many transitions from a tobacco inspection facility and general store, to private homes, to the Urbanna Library and, finally, to the museum you see today. The Factor Store is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk up to the site and enjoy the view - and discover its history and charm.

More than 200 years ago, Virginia Street was called "Prettyman's Rolling Road." Laborers rolled "hogsheads" - barrels of tobacco - downhill to the merchant ships or uphill from the ships to the inspection office and store.

Caption of picture in upper left hand corner

Rolling the hogsheads (barrels) was hard work. Do you think any hogsheads got away? How would you stop one?
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network.
 
Location. 37° 38.194′ N, 76° 34.38′ W. Marker is in Urbanna, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Old Virginia Street near Cross Street (Virginia Route 227
Prettyman’s Rolling Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 16, 2010
2. Prettyman’s Rolling Road Marker
), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Urbanna VA 23175, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Hub For Commerce (a few steps from this marker); Old Tobacco Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); John Mitchell’s Map (a few steps from this marker); The Backyard Garden Was Essential (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco Was Money (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandwich (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Middlesex County Courthouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith’s Snapshot (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Urbanna.
 
Categories. Colonial EraRoads & Vehicles
 
Prettyman’s Rolling Road image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 16, 2010
3. Prettyman’s Rolling Road
This is now called Old Virginia Street, sloping down from the town to the Rappahannock River where the wharfs used to be. The Old Tobacco Warehouse, or "Factor Store" is on the right. This marker is partially hidden behind the "Tobacco Was Money" marker visible to the left of the telephone pole.
The Factor House / Old Tobacco Warehouse image. Click for full size.
4. The Factor House / Old Tobacco Warehouse
Close-up of illustration on the marker. Front porch must have been a recent addition. Notice the two hogsheads being rolled up Prettyman's Rolling Road at the bottom of the illustration.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 603 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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