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Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rockaway

 
 
Rockaway [at the Stonewall Jackson House] Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
1. Rockaway [at the Stonewall Jackson House] Marker
Inscription.  A rockaway is a low, four wheeled pleasure carriage with a standing top, open at the sides. It is named for the town of Rockaway, New Jersey, where they were originally made.

Jackson probably bought his rockaway in 1859, possibly from the local carriage dealer in Lexington. His wife wrote in her memoirs, “Upon a visit from my mother to us, he went out and, unexpected to me, bought a rockaway, saying she was not strong enough to walk all over town, and he wanted her to see and enjoy everything while she was with us.”

In May 1861, shortly after the war began, Jackson wrote his wife from Harper’s Ferry, “Let Mr. Tebbs have the horse and rockaway at his own price; and if he is not able to pay for them, you give them to him, as he is a minister of the Gospel.”
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1861.
 
Location. 37° 47.107′ N, 79° 26.476′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker can be reached from East Washington Street. Touch for map
Rockaway in the carriage house at the Stonewall Jackson House image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
2. Rockaway in the carriage house at the Stonewall Jackson House
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 East Washington Street, Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson 1824-1863 (here, next to this marker); The Stonewall Jackson House (here, next to this marker); Jackson's Garden (here, next to this marker); Dr. Ephraim McDowell (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. George S. Patton (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. John Lejeune (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Padget (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Sorrel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Additional keywords. Stonewall Jackson, Lexington, Virginia, Stonewall Jackson House, Mary Anna Jackson
 
Carriage House image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
3. Carriage House
The carriage house, where the Rockaway is stored on the grounds of the Stonewall Jackson House, is the second building in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,139 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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