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Sussex County Virginia Historical Markers

 
Jarratt's Station Marker (facing west) image, Click for more information
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
Jarratt's Station Marker (facing west)
Virginia (Sussex County), Jarratt — UM 12 — Jarratt's Station
On 8 May 1864 Jarratt's Station, a nearby depot on the Petersburg Railroad, was the subject of a Union cavalry raid. Brig. Gen. August V. Kautz led his division on a series of raids in early May to cut the railroad from Petersburg to Weldon, North . . . — Map (db m18858) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Jarratt — UM 14 — Old Halifax Road
Here the highway merges with the Halifax Road, the ancient road from Petersburg to Halifax, North Carolina. Over this road Cornwallis marched in May, 1781, from Halifax to Petersburg in his invasion of Virginia. Over this road the Confederates . . . — Map (db m18868) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Lambs — Z 34 — Prince George County / Sussex County
(Obverse) Prince George County Area 294 Square Miles Formed in 1702 from Charles City, and named for Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne. The battles of the crater, 1864, and Fort Steadman, 1865, took place in this . . . — Map (db m18111) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — UM 18 — History At Stony Creek
In 1864, supplies for Lee's army were carted from the Weldon Railroad here to Petersburg. Here the Union Cavalryman, Wilson, returning from his raid in Burkeville, fought an action with Lee's cavalry, June 28-29, 1864. The place was raided by . . . — Map (db m7752) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — Jones Chapel Methodist Church
Site of Jones Chapel Methodist Church Organized 1777 – Closed 1926 The 16th Virginia Annual Conference was held here in 1799. The Reverend Jesse Lee presided due to the illness of Bishop Asbury. A great revival was . . . — Map (db m39793) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — UM 16 — Nottoway River Crossings
Several important river crossings took place over the Nottoway River during two wars. Revolutionary War cavalry commander Lt.Col. John Graves Simcoe led British forces across the river in this area on 11 May 1781, as he rode south to join Gen. . . . — Map (db m7821) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — K 309-a — Sappony Baptist Church
Sappony Baptist Church, originally called Sappony Meeting House, was erected here in 1773. It was a part of the Kehukee Association, which consisted of churches in North Carolina and Virginia. In 1791, these associations divided along state lines . . . — Map (db m18852) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — Sappony ChurchHampton’s Cavalry: "Too strong to be overcome" — Wilson-Kautz Raid
In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destoy track and rolling . . . — Map (db m18841) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — 35-Z — Sussex County / Dinwiddie County
(obverse) Sussex County Area 515 Square Miles Formed in 1753 from Surry, and named for an English county. Cornwallis passed through this county in 1781. (reverse) Dinwiddie County Area 521 Square Miles . . . — Map (db m69937) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — Sussex County Confederate Monument
(front) Our Confederate Soldiers “The principles for which they fought live eternally.” (rear) List of companies organized in and sent out from Sussex County: Co.A, 41st Va. Reg’t, Infantry, . . . — Map (db m39792) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — Sussex County Courthouse
Begun 1825 Completed 1828 Built by Dabney Cosby master brickmason under Thomas Jefferson in the construction of the University of Virginia Declared a National Historic Landmark 1973-Exterior restored by the Board of Supervisors . . . — Map (db m39790) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — Sussex County War Memorial
(front) Dedicated to the memory of Sussex County citizens who gave their lives in service to their country 1917 – 1958 World War I William F. Chappell John J. Ellis George R. Evans Richmond W. Holloway . . . — Map (db m39791) WM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — UO 5 — The Cattle (Beefsteak) Raid
One mile southwest, on September 16, 1864, General Wade Hampton's Confederate Cavalry herded about 2500 head of captured cattle across the Nottoway River, while two miles northwest, at Belsches' Mill, Federal troops sent to recapture the cattle were . . . — Map (db m18156) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Wakefield — K 230 — Colonel Michael Blow
One mile south on Seacock Swamp stood the home of Col. Michael Blow. He was the first Chairman of the Committee of Safety of Sussex County, member of the House of Burgesses, member of the First Virginia Convention (1774), County Justice, and colonel . . . — Map (db m35980) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Wakefield — Z 268 — Sussex County / Southampton County
(Obverse) Sussex County Area 515 Square Miles Formed in 1753 from Surry, and named for an English county. Cornwallis passed through this county in 1781. (Reverse) Southampton County Area 604 Square Miles . . . — Map (db m18110) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 309 — Coppahaunk Springs
A Nottoway Indian town was located two miles south at the springs when the English settlement was established at Jamestown in 1607. The Nottoways gave the three springs the name, Coppahaunk, meaning "good health or healing waters." About 1825, . . . — Map (db m35989) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 306 — Early Peanut Crop
One mile northwest Dr. Matthew Harris grew the first commercial crop of peanuts in the United States, according to tradition, in or soon after 1842. — Map (db m35984) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 314 — Ellis Preaching House
Nearby to the northeast stood Ellis Preaching House, an early Methodist meetingplace in Sussex County. Francis Asbury, a pioneering Methodist leader and circuit rider, first visited the Ellis family in 1775 and later conducted services at the . . . — Map (db m35985) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 308 — Miles B. Carpenter
Miles B. Carpenter (1889-1985) moved to a Sussex County peanut farm from Pennsylvania in 1902. He entered the lumber business in 1912 with a planing mill and sawmill. When business slowed during World War II, he whittled figures but did not carve in . . . — Map (db m35988) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Yale — U0-6 — Antioch Baptist Church
Antioch Baptist Church was the first of its denomination in Sussex County and one of the earliest in Virginia. It was formed on 13 June 1772 with 87 members, the result of effective preaching by Elder John Meglamre, of Kehukee Baptist Church in . . . — Map (db m69386) HM

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