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Brookneal in Charlotte County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Red Hill Plantation

 
 
Red Hill Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Lassman, August 18, 2018
1. Red Hill Plantation Marker
Inscription.  Red Hill, 2930 acres at Patrick Henry's death, was named by its previous owners after the red clay soil so common to the area. Henry reportedly referred to it as "one of the garden spots of Virginia." The view from here overlooking the Staunton River valley has changed very little in the past two centuries.

Looking out, we see the flood plain of the Staunton River, but not the river itself. In Henry's time, the rich soil would have been planted with tobacco, wheat, corn, and other crops. The Staunton, known at its headwaters and mouth as the Roanoke River, flows southward from here into Albemarle Sound in North Carolina.

According to Red Hill folklore, Patrick Henry "stood upon an eminence, and gave orders," directing the work of the field hands in the "low grounds." Some believe Henry had a small platform erected for this purpose and that its location was approximately fifty yards in front of this spot.
 
Erected by Red Hill, Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.
 
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Location. 37° 1.883′ N, 78° 53.867′ W. Marker is in Brookneal, Virginia, in Charlotte County. Marker can be reached from Red Hill Road (County Route 677) one mile south of Staunton Hill Road (County Route 619). Walk 800 feet south from the Visitor Center past Patrick Henry's house to the fenceline to find the marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1250 Red Hill Rd, Brookneal VA 24528, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Osage Orange Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patrick Henry House (about 300 feet away); Red Hill Scatter Garden (about 300 feet away); Last Law Office of Patrick Henry (about 400 feet away); Henry Family Graveyard (about 500 feet away); Red Hill (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Red Hill (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookneal.
 
Also see . . .  Red Hill Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation. (Submitted on January 16, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
Map inset in the Red Hill Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Lassman, August 18, 2018
2. Map inset in the Red Hill Plantation Marker
 
Red Hill Plantation landscape image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Lassman, August 18, 2018
3. Red Hill Plantation landscape
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland. This page has been viewed 435 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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