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Near Madison Heights in Amherst County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Buffalo Lick Plantation
 
Buffalo Lick Plantation Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
1. Buffalo Lick Plantation Marker
 
Inscription. Patented in 1742 by John Bolling, Jr., the 2,735-acre Buffalo Lick Plantation tract along the James River includes three notable historic sites. One mile southeast stand the ruins of Mount Athos, the home of William J. Lewis, an officer in the American Revolution and member of Congress (1817-1819). The house burned in 1876. The Southside Railroad constructed the Six Mile Bridge here six miles east of Lynchburg in 1854. Confederate Fort Riverview was built nearby during the Civil War to guard this strategic structure. Southern Maj. Gen. Lunsford L. Lomax ordered the bridge destroyed near the end of the war; it was rebuilt soon after.
 
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-148.)
 
Location. 37° 24.269′ N, 79° 4.632′ W. Marker is near Madison Heights, Virginia, in Amherst County. Marker is on Riverview Road (County Route 672) east of U.S. 29, on the left. Click for map. Take the Madison Heights exit on Route 29, just north of the James River, but take a left turn at the bottom of the ramp, away from Madison Heights. Marker is in this post office area: Madison Heights VA 24572, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
 
Buffalo Lick Plantation Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
2. Buffalo Lick Plantation Marker
It is at the end of the road, at the entrance to Riverview Farm.
 
. Mount Athos (approx. 1.4 miles away); Central Virginia Training Center (approx. 2.5 miles away); Oxford Furnace (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lynchburg Defenses (approx. 3 miles away); Lynchburg History (approx. 3.3 miles away); Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg Defenses (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison Heights.
 
More about this marker. A marker with this same number but titled “Mount Athos” was originally erected in the late 1920s across the river on US 460, 6 miles east of Lynchburg. It read “Two miles north are the ruins of Mouth Athos, or Buffalo Lick Plantation. The house was built in 1796 by William J. Lewis, who commanded a corps of mountain riflemen at the siege of Yorktown in 1781.” It was reported missing before 1989.
 
The Famous Six Mile Bridge Near Lynchburg, Va. Photo, Click for full size
J. J. Prats Postcard Collection
3. The Famous Six Mile Bridge Near Lynchburg, Va.
Postcard No. A 1601 published by J. P. Bell Company, Lynchburg Va. It was printed in Germany by by Excelsior. The undivided back and origin suggests it is a pre-World War I postcard.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 584 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 1, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the ruins of Buffalo Lick Plantation • Photos of the remains of Fort Riverview • Photos of the remains of Six Mile Bridge • Can you help?
 
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