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Ridgeway in Henry County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Byrdís Camp

 
 
William Byrdís Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1212
1. William Byrdís Camp Marker
Inscription.
Near here, on Matrimony Creek, William Byrd pitched his camp, November, 1728, while determining the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line.
 
Erected 1937 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number A 57.)
 
Location. 36° 32.778′ N, 79° 54.155′ W. Marker is in Ridgeway, Virginia, in Henry County. Marker is on US 220, in the median. Click for map. Marker is located a short distance north of the North Carolina border. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgeway VA 24148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry County / North Carolina (approx. half a mile away); Martinsville Speedway (approx. 6.6 miles away); “Land of Eden” (approx. 8 miles away in North Carolina); a different marker also named Land of Eden (approx. 8 miles away in North Carolina); Annie Eliza Johns (approx. 8.4 miles away in North Carolina); Leaksville Cotton Mill (approx. 8.4 miles away in North Carolina); Calcium Carbide (approx. 8.4 miles away in North Carolina); Barnett Canal (approx. 8.5 miles away in North Carolina). Click for a list of all markers in Ridgeway.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
William Byrdís Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1212
2. William Byrdís Camp Marker
William Byrdís Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 1212
3. William Byrdís Camp Marker
William Byrd II image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 18, 2014
4. William Byrd II
This 1700-1704 portrait of William Byrd II (1674-1744) by Sir Godfrey Kneller hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“William Byrd II inherited a great deal of property In Virginia that, together with the force of his personality and his own accomplishments, made him one of the most prominent and powerful men in the colony. He was educated and practiced law in England and traveled extensively there and on the Continent. Before returning to America, he commissioned this stylish portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller, the principal painter to the British monarch. Byrd was a successful tobacco planter and served for many years on the Virginia Council. In 1728 he played a lead role in surveying the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line. One result of this work was Byrd's book, The History of the Dividing Line Run in the Year 1728, a colorful account of Virginia's history and its flora and fauna. Late in life he built Westover, a Georgian mansion on the James River, where he housed his collection of thirty portraits of family and other persons of note.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016.
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