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Berryville in Clarke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Benjamin Berry

1720(?)–1810

 
 
Benjamin Berry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
1. Benjamin Berry Marker
Inscription.  Benjamin Berry, son of Henry Berry of King George County, settled in what is now Clarke County prior to the Revolution, and in 1798, he procured the formal establishment of the town of Berryville, the town having been platted by him, and consisting of a portion (twenty acres) of a larger tract of land owned by him and his daughter, Sarah Stribling. He and she are buried in the northeast section of the yard of Grace Episcopal Church.
 
Erected 1987 by Berryville-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 9.028′ N, 77° 58.828′ W. Marker is in Berryville, Virginia, in Clarke County. Marker is on East Main Street (Business Virginia Route 7), on the right. Inside Rose Hill Community Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berryville VA 22611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. King Wheat, Millwood & The Burwell-Morgan Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Clarke County (within shouting distance of this marker);
Benjamin Berry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
2. Benjamin Berry Marker
Josephine School Community Museum & The African-American Experience (within shouting distance of this marker); Stewardship & Conservation (within shouting distance of this marker); Berryville (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Districts (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Clarke County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clarke County Courthouse (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berryville.
 
Additional comments.
1. Benjamin Berry and Sarah Berry Stribling Gravesites
The archivist at the Clarke County Historical Association reported on FindAGrave.com that Sarah Berry was buried in Kentucky. Sarah moved there and that is where she made out her will. She also says that Benjamin is also not buried at the church, as this historical marker says. Says he died before the church was built and is probably buried at his farm. The marker text is not correct and the plaque in the churchyard shown in photo 5 was placed there in the late 20th century based on the marker! Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor
Grace Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 8, 2007
3. Grace Episcopal Church
   
    — Submitted January 27, 2020, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.
 
The Nook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 15, 2007
4. The Nook
This house at 106 East Main Street is probably the oldest home in Berryville. It was built in 1765 by Major Charles Smith, a French and Indian War and Revolutionary War veteran, on land purchased from John Hite. Smith passed the property to his son, who later sold the house to Benjamin Berry.
Benjamin Berry gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 13, 2009
5. Benjamin Berry gravesite
Grave marker of Benjamin Berry, Grace Episcopal Church, Berryville.
Nearby dedication display image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
6. Nearby dedication display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,540 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on August 13, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   6. submitted on October 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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