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Birchleaf in Dickenson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Colley’s Cabin

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
1. Colley’s Cabin Marker
Inscription. Near here stood the cabin of Richard “Fighting Dick” Colley who was one of the earliest settlers in what is now Dickenson County.
 
Erected 1970 by Virginia Historic Landmark Commission. (Marker Number XB-24.)
 
Location. 37° 10.807′ N, 82° 16.429′ W. Marker is in Birchleaf, Virginia, in Dickenson County. Marker is on Sandlick Road (Virginia Route 80) just east of Crooked Branch Lick Creek Road (County Route 607), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birchleaf VA 24220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian and Settler Conflict (approx. 2.2 miles away); Dr. Tivis C. & Emma Sutherland (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Crooked Road (approx. 7.1 miles away); Mill Rock Point Overlook (approx. 7.2 miles away); Mill Rock Point (approx. 7.2 miles away); Old Buffalo School (approx. 8.1 miles away); Known But to God (approx. 8.4 miles away in Kentucky); Russell Fork Overlook (approx. 8.7 miles away in Kentucky).
 
Also see . . .  Geni.com Entry for Richard Colley. Scroll down for the essay. Excerpt: “Dick Colley was strong of
Colley’s Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 16, 2015
2. Colley’s Cabin Marker
limb, heart and temper. It took all that to conquer the wilderness. No one ever questioned his bravery, nor did anyone who ever felt the wallop of his bruising fist soon forget its crushing power. His hot temper, often unleashed and terrible, swung him from one personal encounter into another with his neighbors ... He was often wobbly with hard liquor, his heart and strength carried him through ... It seemed that he had more fights with John Fuller than any other man ... One day they met in the woods, and as usual got into a quarrel. John managed to get the first blow which knocked Dick almost unconscious. While Dick lay on the ground, John danced around him singing ... ‘Poor old Dick he died of late; Straightway he went to Heaven's gate. There he met the Devil with a club, And drove him back to Beezlebub!’ By the time John had finished his song Dick felt he could handle him, and got up and won the fight.” (Submitted on November 18, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 8 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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