“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Marion in Smyth County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Hungry Mother State Park

Hungry Mother State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
1. Hungry Mother State Park Marker
Inscription. In 1933 local residents assisted in the creation and donated 2,000 acres of land to Virginia for the establishment of a state park in Smyth County along Hungry Mother Creek. The unusual name comes from the legend of a nearby Indian settler conflict that resulted in Molly Marley and her child being captured. They later escaped but Marley died. When a search party found the toddler who could only utter the words “Hungry Mother.” The National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps, in conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Commission, developed the park as a New Deal project. It opened on 15 June 1936 and was one of the first six state parks established in Virginia.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-33.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 36° 53.034′ N, 81° 31.593′ W. Marker is in Marion, Virginia, in Smyth County. Marker is at the intersection of B. F. Buchanan Highway (Virginia Route 16) and East Hungry Mother Drive (Virginia Route 348), on the right when traveling north on B. F. Buchanan Highway. Click for map. It is at the main entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Marion VA 24354, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Hungry Mother State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
2. Hungry Mother State Park Marker
The sandy beach on the man-made lake can be seen in the distance on the left.
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Col. Arthur Campbell (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Colonial Home (approx. 3.1 miles away); Engagement at Marion (approx. 3.2 miles away); Battle of Marion (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sherwood Anderson (approx. 3.2 miles away); Col. William Elisha Peters (approx. 3.4 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); Smyth County Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marion.
Also see . . .  Virginia State Parks — Hungry Mother. “Legend has it that when the Native Americans destroyed several settlements on the New River south of the park, Molly Marley and her small child were among the survivors taken to the raiders’ base north of the park. They eventually escaped, wandering through the wilderness eating berries. Molly finally collapsed, and her child wandered down a creek until the child found help. The only words the child could utter were ‘Hungry Mother.’ The search party arrived at the foot of the mountain where Molly collapsed to find the child’s mother dead. Today that mountain is Molly’s Knob, and the stream is Hungry Mother Creek.” (Submitted on July 24, 2011.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 538 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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