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Ettrick in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ettrick

 
 
Ettrick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
1. Ettrick Marker
Inscription.  The site of an Appomattox Indian village burned in 1676 in Bacon's Rebellion, the present town of Ettrick stands on land that belonged to "Ettrick Banks" and "Matoax," the boyhood plantation of John Randolph of Roanoke. In 1810 Campbell's Bridge connected Ettrick with Petersburg, hastening development of mills on the river. Virginia State University, formerly known as The Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, was established here in 1882.
 
Erected 1981 by Citizens of Ettrick. (Marker Number K-204.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
 
Location. 37° 13.988′ N, 77° 25.073′ W. Marker is in Ettrick, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Fleet Street (State Highway 36) and Chesterfield Avenue (State Highway 36), on the right when traveling north on Fleet Street. Located on the
Ettrick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
2. Ettrick Marker
north side of a bridge over the Appomattox River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mr. Frederick Francoz Simms (within shouting distance of this marker); Local Workforce At The Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Rocks" (within shouting distance of this marker); The History Of Virginia State University (within shouting distance of this marker); Shaping Of The Town (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beginning of Ettrick (within shouting distance of this marker); Silk Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Simms Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ettrick.
 
Ettrick image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Ettrick
Looking over the modern Appomattox River bridge, the town of Ettrick and the mills in the photo were spread across the hill on the north side of the river. Upstream, to the left, was Merchant's Island, used as a prisoner of war camp for a time during the war.
Wartime Photo of Ettrick and the Mills image. Click for full size.
4. Wartime Photo of Ettrick and the Mills
(Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0447, Call number: LC-B817- 7113[P&P])
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,157 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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