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Near Blackstone in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brunswick County, Virginia

“The Original Home of Brunswick Stew”

 
 
Brunswick County, Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
1. Brunswick County, Virginia Marker
Inscription.  According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale bread, and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew. Recipes for Brunswick stew have changed over time as chicken has replaced squirrel and vegetables have been added, but the stew remains thick and rich. Other states have made similar claims but Virginia's is the first.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SN-59.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 36° 59.246′ N, 77° 57.797′ W. Marker is near Blackstone, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker is on Christanna Highway (Virginia Route 46) south of Jonesboro Church Road (County Road 645), on the right when
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traveling south. It is at the picnic shelter and boat ramp for Camp Pickett Lake just south of the Nottaway County line. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blackstone VA 23824, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pickett Reservoir Lies Before You (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Academy (approx. 5.6 miles away); Danieltown (approx. 5.7 miles away); Virginia Tech Fight Song (approx. 6 miles away); Lunenburg County / Nottoway County (approx. 6.1 miles away); Nottoway Training School (approx. 6.3 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 6˝ miles away); Jamestown Oaks (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blackstone.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Five state markers have this same title and text.
 
Brunswick County, Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
2. Brunswick County, Virginia Marker
Camp Pickett Lake, a few steps from the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
3. Camp Pickett Lake, a few steps from the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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