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

The Grave of William Letcher

 
 
The Grave of William Letcher Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
1. The Grave of William Letcher Marker
Inscription.  The Grave of William Letcher is the oldest in Patrick County with an inscription that reads:

"In memory of William Letcher, who was assassinated in his own house in the bosom of his family by a Tory of the Revolution, on the 2nd day of August, 1780, age about 30 years. May the tear of sympathy fall upon the couch of the brave."

This memorial is believed to have been placed by Letcher's daughter, Bethenia, before her death in 1845. It was carved by William Mountjoy, a stonecutter from the corner of 8th and Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.

This structure & improvements were made possible by a generous donation from Jonathan Old of Greenwich, Connecticut, a direct descendant of William Letcher.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is August 2, 1780.
 
Location. 36° 34.06′ N, 80° 33.329′ W. Marker is in Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) and Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling

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west. On the grounds of the William Letcher Home Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 William Letcher Grave (here, next to this marker); Stuart Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Life after William Letcher (within shouting distance of this marker); William Letcher (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dellenback Family (within shouting distance of this marker); William A. Mitchell Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Finding William Letcher's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Stuart's Boxwoods (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
The Grave of William Letcher Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
2. The Grave of William Letcher Marker
The Grave of William Letcher Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
3. The Grave of William Letcher Marker
The Grave of William Letcher Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
4. The Grave of William Letcher Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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