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Huntly in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Piedmont

 
 
Piedmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2014
1. Piedmont Marker
Inscription. From here, looking east from the Blue Ridge crest, you see the Piedmont, a broad plain dotted with few low hills. Noting similarities to their European homeland, early settlers named this land "piedmonte," Italian meaning "foot-of-the-mountains."

The Piedmont's hills and small mountains rise as isolated peaks rather than long straight ridges. Called "Monadnocks," these hills survive as subtle, eroded reminders of the great mountains that existed long before the Blue Ridge.

The Piedmont has been dramatically altered by human activity. Three centuries of tilling and grazing removed the original hardwood forest. Good soils have eroded away, but what remains is still among the most intensely used earth in the United States.
 
Erected by Shenandoah National Park.
 
Location. 38° 47.618′ N, 78° 10.92′ W. Marker is in Huntly, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker is on Skyline Drive 13.8 miles south of Stonewall Jackson Highway (U.S. 340), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is on an overlook along the Skyline Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Huntly VA 22640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Piedmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2014
2. Piedmont Marker
. Indian Old Fields (approx. 3.6 miles away); Albert G. Willis (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Massanutten (approx. 4.7 miles away); Albert Gallatin Willis (approx. 4.9 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 5.4 miles away); Warren/Rappahannock County (approx. 5.4 miles away); Minding the Gaps (approx. 5.4 miles away); Chester Gap (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Piedmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2014
3. Piedmont Marker
You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2014
4. You Are Here
The Piedmont includes portions of ten states. It stretches from the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains to the western edge of the Coastal Plain.
Close-up of diagram on marker
You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2014
5. You Are Here
The Piedmont includes portions of ten states. It stretches from the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains to the western edge of the Coastal Plain.
Close-up of diagram on marker
Eastern Cottontain (Sylvilagus floridanus) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2014
6. Eastern Cottontain (Sylvilagus floridanus)
This tick-ridden cottontail bunny lives near the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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