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Varina in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gravel Hill

 
 
Gravel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 5, 2009
1. Gravel Hill Marker
Inscription.  Following a successful case before the Virginia Court of Appeals in 1777, the slaves of John Pleasants were allowed to follow the dictates of his 1771 will and were freed. His son, Robert Pleasants then gave seventy-eight former slaves 350 acres of his plantation. A community developed known as "Gravelly Hill". Here in 1801, a Quaker school for blacks was established and following the Civil War, the Gravel Hill Baptist Church was founded. Gravel Hill Community Center, c. 1930, once a public school, became a facility operated by Henrico County in 1970.
 
Erected 2001 by County of Henrico. (Marker Number HC-17.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
 
Location. 37° 26.206′ N, 77° 15.348′ W. Marker is in Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Longbridge Road 0.1 miles north of Carters Mill Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5417 Long Bridge Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker
Gravel Hill Community Center. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 5, 2009
2. Gravel Hill Community Center.
, measured as the crow flies. Frazier's Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Glendale (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pvt. Benjamin B. Levy (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Frazier's Farm (approx. one mile away); Seven Days Battles (approx. one mile away); Willis' Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Seven Days Battles (approx. 1.1 miles away); Malvern Hill (approx. 1.1 miles away).
 
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Also see . . .  Henrico County Historical Society. Varina District Historic Sites - Gravel Hill. (Submitted on April 6, 2009.) 
 
Gravel Hill Marker along Longbridge Road (facing north). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 5, 2009
3. Gravel Hill Marker along Longbridge Road (facing north).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,887 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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