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

Josephine City

Josephine City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, July 12, 2015
1. Josephine City Marker
Inscription. Early in the 1870's African Americans established Josephine City, a community originally composed of 31 one-acre lots lining a 16-foot-wide street. Twenty-four former slaves and free blacks purchased the lots at $100 an acre from Ellen McCormick, owner of Clermont Farm. The street and the community were probably named after a former slave at Clermont, Josephine Williams, purchaser of two lots. By 1900, Josephine City had become an oasis for the county’s African Americans and was a self-sufficient community with a school, grocery store, gas station, boarding house, restaurant, cemetery, churches, and numerous residents.
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J 19.)
Location. 39° 8.68′ N, 77° 59.113′ W. Marker is in Berryville, Virginia, in Clarke County. Marker is on Josephine Street east of South Church Street (Virginia Route 616), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berryville VA 22611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Berryville (approx. ¼ mile away); The Schools of Josephine City (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Berry (approx.
Josephine City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, July 12, 2015
2. Josephine City Marker
half a mile away); Clarke County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Traveler Was Tethered on This Spot (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Ireland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fight at Gold’s Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Berryville (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berryville.
More about this marker. This replaces a 1999 marker which began "To improve the lives of former slaves, Ellen McCormick, widow of Edward McCormick of Clermont, established this African American community of 31 one-acre lots early in the 1870s."
Also see . . .
1. Clermont Farm Foundation. History of African Americans on Clermont Farm and the founding of Josephine City. (Submitted on July 22, 2015, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Josephine City” (Submitted on July 23, 2015.) 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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