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Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Letcher Overlook

 
 
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By TeamOHE, July 26, 2020
1. The Letcher Overlook Marker
Inscription.  Looking through the trees across the Ararat River you will see the grave site of William Letcher, an American patriot. William Letcher was born about 1750, and died in 1780 at the hands of a Tory by the name of "Nichols", who was later apprehended and paid the supreme price for his crime. Mr. Letcher was the maternal great-grandfather of General Stuart, and his is the oldest marked grave within Patrick County. In 1778, he married Elizabeth Perkins, and a daughter Bethenia was born to the couple in 1780. The couple built a home nearby, whose exact location is yet to be determined by an archaeological investigation. Nearby is a discontinuous hedge of boxwood plants, which according to oral tradition were planted by Elizabeth Pannill Stuart, the mother of General Stuart. These hedges may mark the original location of the Letcher home which may have been occupied by the Stuart family during the construction of the Laurel Hill home, and again occupied following the disastrous fire which destroyed the Stuart home during the winter of 1847-48. You may visit the Letcher grave site by returning to the Ararat Highway, turn left and cross Clark's Creek.
The Letcher Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 26, 2020
2. The Letcher Overlook Marker
A short distance later turn left on Letcher Lane and proceed to the end of the state maintained road, turn left and park adjacent to the grave site.
 
Erected 1999.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 36° 33.883′ N, 80° 33.267′ W. Marker is in Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773) 0.3 miles south of State Line ROad (Virginia Route 617), on the right when traveling south. On the grounds of Laurel Hill - Birthplace & Boyhood Home Of J.E.B. Stuart. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1091 Ararat Hwy, Ararat VA 24053, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Slave Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans At Laurel Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stuart Kitchen (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stuart Graveyard (about 600 feet away); House Site (about 600 feet away); Elizabeth Stuart's Boxwoods (approx. 0.2 miles away); William A. Mitchell Family (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dellenback Family (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. William Letcher Grave
 
The Letcher Overlook image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 26, 2020
3. The Letcher Overlook
The William Letcher Grave image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 26, 2020
4. The William Letcher Grave
On the grounds of the William Letcher Home Site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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