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Chatmoss in Henry County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chatmoss

 
 
Chatmoss Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
1. Chatmoss Marker
Inscription.  Chatmoss was one of about 50 Hairston family plantations in Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi. This vast network encompassed tens of thousands of acres and was worked by thousands of enslaved African Americans. Alcey and Samuel Harden Hairston received the 2,900-acre Chatmoss from Alcey’s parents, Samuel and Agnes Hairston, among the wealthiest couples in Virginia. Samuel Harden Hairston died in 1870 when a gallery at the Virginia Capitol building collapsed. Fire consumed the original Queen Anne-style plantation house on 4 July 1928. An English country-style house replaced it but later burned. In 1958 Chatmoss Country Club was established on the site.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-115.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1956.
 
Location. 36° 39.906′ N, 79° 
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48.58′ W. Marker is in Chatmoss, Virginia, in Henry County. Marker is on Mount Olivet Road (County Route 777) 1.7 miles south of A L Philpott Highway (Business U.S. 58), on the left when traveling south. It is at the entrance to the Chatmoss Country Club. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Mount Olivet Road, Martinsville VA 24112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Patrick Henry’s Leatherwood Home (approx. 2 miles away); Continued Connections (approx. 2.1 miles away); Connecting Communities (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Dick & Willie Passage (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dry Bridge School (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Dick & Willie Passage (approx. 3.2 miles away); Martinsville Speedway (approx. 3.4 miles away); Changing With Industry (approx. 3˝ miles away).
 
Chatmoss Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
2. Chatmoss Marker
Chatmoss Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
3. Chatmoss Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 19, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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