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Virginia, Bedford — AvenelIn the Eye of the Storm — Hunter’s Raid
(preface) On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s strategy to attack Confederates simultaneously throughout Virginia. After defeating Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones at Piedmont on June 5, Hunter marched to Lexington, burned Virginia Military Institute, and headed . . . — Map (db m42844) HM
Virginia, Bedford — BedfordHunter’s Raid — 1864 Valley Campaign
On the evening of June 15, 1864, the lead element of Union Gen. David Hunter’s 18,000-man army arrived here and cam near Avenel. The main force arrived the following morning and started destroying the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad tracks, burning the depot and businesses before moving on toward Lynchburg. Hunter had taken command in the Shenandoah Valley on May 19, with orders to destroy railroad facilities and supplies in Staunton and Lynchburg, then either return to lower Valley or join . . . — Map (db m41408) HM
Virginia, Bedford — K 134 — Bedford
This place became the county seat of Bedford when it was moved from New London in 1782. First called Liberty (incorporated in 1839), the town changed its name to Bedford City in 1890 and to Bedford in 1912. A third courthouse, built in 1834, was replaced by the present building in 1930. The Union General Hunter, with his army, passed here in June, 1864, on his way to Lynchburg, and repassed on his retreat. — Map (db m42879) HM
Virginia, Bedford — Bedford County Confederate Monument
Deo Vindice To the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors of Bedford County. 1861-1865 Bedford honors her heroes; proudly rejoicing with the living; sincerely mourning the dead. Their history is it's brightest page, exhibiting the highest qualities of patriotism, courage, fortitude and virtue. This stone is erected to keep fresh in memory the noble deeds of these devoted sons. — Map (db m43042) HM
Virginia, Bedford — Bedford County WWII Memorial
June 6 1944 Erected by the Parker-Hoback Post, 29th Division Association, in memory of the Bedford County men of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, who gave their lives in the preparation for and the participation in the Normandy Invasion and later battles of World War II. Company A Leslie C. Abbott, Jr. • Wallace R. Carter • John D. Clifton • Andrew J. Coleman • Frank P. Draper, Jr. • Taylor N. Fellers • Charles W. Fizer • Nick N. Gillaspie • Bedford T. Hoback • . . . — Map (db m52054) HM
Virginia, Bedford — Bedford’s Volunteer Company
Oct. 10, 1774 In memory of Bedford’s Volunteer Company which fought in The Battle of Point Pleasant Thomas Buford, Captain Thomas Dooley, Lieut. Sergeants Jonathan Cundiff, Ensign Nicholas Mead • William Kennedy • John Fields • Thomas Fliping Abraham Sharp • Absalom McClanahan • William Bryant • William McColister • James Scarbara • John McClanahan • James McBride • John Carter • William Overstreet • Robert Hill • Samuel Davis • Zachariah Kennot • Augustine . . . — Map (db m43717) HM
Virginia, Bedford — K 132 — Home of John Goode
Here is the home of John Goode, political leader, born 1829, died, 1909. Goode was a member of the secession convention of 1861; of the Confederate Congress and of the United States Congress; Solicitor General of the United States; president of the Virginia constitutional convention of 1901. — Map (db m42877) HM
Virginia, Bedford — K 136 — Peaks of Otter Road
This road was followed by General Hunter when he crossed the Blue Ridge at the Peaks of Otter and came to Bedford en route to Lynchburg, June 16, 1864. — Map (db m42893) HM
Virginia, Bedford — K 133 — Randolph-Macon AcademyLiberty Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy, a Methodist preparatory school for boys, occupied a building on this site from 1890 until 1934 when the school was consolidated with the Randolph-Macon Academy at Front Royal. In 1936, the property was purchased by Bedford County. Liberty Academy, a public and consolidated elementary school, occupied the building until 1964. The large and imposing Romanesque-style structure designed by W. M. Poindexter of Washington, D.C., was later demolished. — Map (db m42878) HM
Virginia, Bedford — Robey W. Estes Sr. Plaza
Robey W. Estes Sr. served with the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations. A platoon sergeant in Company E of the 116th Infantry Regiment on D-Day, he was part of the first wave of the attack on Omaha Beach. Wounded during the assault, he was evacuated to England, where he recovered from his injuries. After rejoining his regiment in Germany, he was wounded two more times, and was finally transferred out of the war zone and back to the United States. Mr. Estes returned to his . . . — Map (db m61339) HM WM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Abbott LakeStanley William Abbott — 1908 - 1975
The first resident landscape architect and planner of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was his vision, imagination, and creative talents in the Parkway's formative stages that made the Blue Ridge Parkway unique. — Map (db m9743) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 130 — Hunter's Bivouac
Near here General Hunter, on his retreat from Lynchburg, halted for the night of June 18, 1864. He resumed his retreat early in the morning of June 19. — Map (db m42875) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — K 131 — Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike
The Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike Co. was incorporated in 1818 to build a turnpike from Lynchburg west to Salem. The road reached Liberty (now Bedford) in 1828 and was completed to Salem in 1836. In Bedford County, covered bridges spanned the Big Otter and Little Otter rivers. The latter bridge remained until 1947. This turnpike, with five tollgates, served as the main thoroughfare in the region until the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad was built in the 1850's. In 1854, the company abandoned . . . — Map (db m18830) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Peaks of Otter“A rougher road could not be imagined” — Hunter’s Raid
(preface) On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s strategy to attack Confederates simultaneously throughout Virginia. After defeating Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones at Piedmont on June 5, Hunter marched to Lexington, burned Virginia Military Institute, and headed . . . — Map (db m55780) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — Polly Woods' Ordinary
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. — Map (db m9655) HM
Virginia (Bedford County), Bedford — KM-5 — Quaker Baptist Church
A Quaker Meeting was established on Goose Creek in 1757, and a meeting house built. Fear of Indians caused most of the Quakers to move elsewhere though some of them returned. Unsuccessful attempts were made to re-establish the Goose Creek Meeting. Before 1824 a church was established here, known as Difficult Creek Baptist Church. The present church (Quaker Baptist), built in 1898, stands near the site of the old building. — Map (db m65610) HM
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