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

Colonel Abram Penn


Colonel Abram Penn Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
1. Colonel Abram Penn Marker
Inscription. 200 yards south is “Poplar Grove,” Penn’s old home and burial place. At age 21 he “won his spurs” leading a company under General Lewis at Point Pleasant. During 1780–81 he organized the first Revolutionary troops from Henry and adjoining counties, and led his regiment to aid General Greene in the battles of Guilford Court House and Eutaw Springs. He helped organize Patrick County.
Erected 1950 by Virginia Department of Highways. (Marker Number HD-1.)
Location. 36° 40.941′ N, 80° 5.495′ W. Marker is in Critz, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker is at the intersection of Abram Penn Highway (County Route 626) and Kootes Mill Road (County Route 703), on the left when traveling north on Abram Penn Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Critz VA 24082, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Reynolds Homestead (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named Reynolds Homestead (approx. 6.8 miles away); Fairy Stone State Park (approx. 8.2 miles away); Blue Ridge Mission School (approx. 9.5 miles
Colonel Abram Penn Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
2. Colonel Abram Penn Marker
away); Fort Trial (approx. 9.6 miles away); Stuart (approx. 10.3 miles away); Franklin County / Henry County (approx. 12.9 miles away); Henry County / North Carolina (approx. 13.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Critz.
More about this marker. This is the only Virginia marker number in the “H” series. Abram Penn Highway was once a Virginia primary route, Route 105, but in 1942—coincidental with the abandonment of the Danville and Western Railway through Critz—it was downgraded to secondary route 626. Is this marker located where it was originally erected? Both Peter’s 1985 and Salmon’s 1994 guidebooks both locate the marker in in Patrick County on US 58 1.86 miles S.E. of the Henry County line, except that Patrick County is west of Henry County, so “southeast” does not make any sense because the county east of Henry on US 58 is Pittsylvania, not Patrick. Arnold’s 2007 guidebook agrees with its present location.
Also see . . .  Patrick County Virginia in the American Revolution. Thomas Perry’s essay on the Laurel Hill Publishing website. Scroll down for Abram Penn. Includes photographs of Poplar Grove and the burial site. (Submitted on June 9, 2013.) 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 60 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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