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

Polly Woods’ Ordinary

Polly Woods' Ordinary Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft, July 17, 2008
1. Polly Woods' Ordinary Marker
Inscription. Built in the early 1800's, this simple mountain cabin was operated as an inn, or "ordinary", from about 1830 until about 1850. Here the widowed Polly Woods catered to the "ordinary" needs of the weary mountain traveler -- a hot meal, a comfortable bed, and a place to stable his horse. Originally located 150 yards to the west, the building was moved to its present site in 1964.
Erected by U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Natl. Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
Location. 37° 26.721′ N, 79° 36.112′ W. Marker is near Bedford, Virginia, in Bedford County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 86), 0.6 miles from Peaks Road (Virginia Route 43). Click for map. Peaks of Otter Lodge is in the Blue Ridge Mountains about nine miles from Bedford. The marker is close to the dam for Abbott Lake. Park at Peaks of Otter Lodge, walk left (south) along the lake. Near the dam you'll see a sign to the ordinary. Marker is at or near this postal address: 85554 Blue Ridge Pkwy., Bedford VA 24523, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abbott Lake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peaks of Otter
Polly Woods' Ordinary and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft, July 17, 2008
2. Polly Woods' Ordinary and Marker
(approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Peaks of Otter (approx. 5.3 miles away); 1889 Thaxton Train Wreck (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Anchorage (approx. 7.1 miles away); Buchanan (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Botetourt Artillery (approx. 7.1 miles away); Hunter's Bivouac (approx. 7.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bedford.
Also see . . .  Peaks of Otter Lodge. (Submitted on July 28, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.)
Additional comments.
1. Abbott Lake
On the HMdb map, Abbott Lake is labeled Peak of Otter Pond.
    — Submitted July 28, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.

Additional keywords. lodging
The Ordinary as seen from the marker Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft, July 17, 2008
3. The Ordinary as seen from the marker
Directional Sign to Polly Woods' Ordinary Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft
4. Directional Sign to Polly Woods' Ordinary
This sign near the Abbott Lake Dam indicates the ordinary's location in relation to other points of interest at Peaks of Otter.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,992 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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