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Near Emporia in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brunswick County, Virginia

“The Original Home of Brunswick Stew”

 
 
Brunswick County, Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 20, 2012
1. Brunswick County, Virginia Marker
Inscription. According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale bread, and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew. Recipes for Brunswick stew have changed over time as chicken has replaced squirrel and vegetables have been added, but the stew remains thick and rich. Other states have made similar claims but Virginia's is the first.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-91.)
 
Location. 36° 45.443′ N, 77° 39.391′ W. Marker is near Emporia, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker is at the intersection of Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway (U.S. 58) and 5 Forks Access Road, on the right when traveling west on Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meherrin Indians (a few steps from this marker); Brunswick County / Greensville County (a few steps from this marker); Mabry's Chapel
Brunswick County, Virginia Marker, westbound US 58, Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 20, 2012
2. Brunswick County, Virginia Marker, westbound US 58, Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (approx. 5.1 miles away); Double Bridges (approx. 5.9 miles away); Smoky Ordinary (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Smoky Ordinary (approx. 6.7 miles away); John Day (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Emporia.
 
Additional keywords. Brunswick Stew
 
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Brunswick County, Virginia Marker, near 5 Forks Access Road, along US 58 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 20, 2012
3. Brunswick County, Virginia Marker, near 5 Forks Access Road, along US 58
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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