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The Courage of Frank Padget

 
 
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By Forest McDermott, August 3, 2016
1. The Courage of Frank Padget Marker
Inscription. Heavy rains early in 1854 left the James River and the treacherous Balcony Falls in full flood. On 21 January the towrope of the canal boat, Clinton, snapped. Washed over the Mountain Dam and through successive falls, its passengers became stranded in the raging waters. Braving the dangerous river, Frank Padget, an enslaved boatman, skillfully led a crew of five rescuers who successfully saved dozens of the stranded passengers. While he was attempting to rescue the last passenger, Padget's craft was broken on the rocks. Unable to fight the rushing current, Padget drowned.
 
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number R-23.)
 
Location. 37° 35.187′ N, 79° 3.097′ W. Marker is in Amherst, Virginia, in Amherst County. Marker is on South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) west of Star Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker in the southwest corner of the Amherst County Museum & Historical Society property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 S. Main Street, Amherst VA 24521, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amherst County Confederate Soldiers Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sweet Briar College
The Courage of Frank Padget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, August 3, 2016
2. The Courage of Frank Padget Marker
(approx. 2.6 miles away); Grave of Patrick Henry’s Mother (approx. 3.8 miles away); Rucker’s Chapel (approx. 4.7 miles away); James River Batteau (approx. 4.7 miles away); Action at Tye River (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Scale House (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Rivers (approx. 7.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Amherst.
 
Categories. African AmericansDisasters
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 12, 2016.
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