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Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cross Street

Urbanna, Virginia

 

— The Museum in the Streets® —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2021
1. Cross Street Marker
Inscription.  Cross Street extends over the three main streets in town, Watling, Prince George and Virginia streets. Throughout the town's hisotry, these four streets vied for commercial dominance. At the turn of the 20th century, Cross Street, briefly named Bank Street, became the most prominent. Prior to 1900 there were no commercial banks in all of Middlesex County. A. Randolph Howard, a Fredericksburg investor, moved to town about 1900, founded the Bank of Middlesex, and built with others the brick three-story bank building on Cross Street that became the centerpiece of the town's commercial district. At the other end of Cross Street, on Taylor Avenue, Howard also built the Urbanna Manufacturing Co. (UMC), located where Queen Anne's Cove Condominiums are today. Branch Standard Overalls Factory was one division of UMC, employing more than 50 women who lived in and around town. Howard also spearheaded incorporation of the twon, which the Virginia State Legislature approved on April 2, 1902. Cross Street commerce was enhanced by others with waterfront development. George S. Chowning founded a marine railway and boatyard just off Cross Street at the
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2021
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foot of Prince George Street. There boatbuilder Fred Ward built the only sailing schooner ever built in Middlesex County, the Ida Mae, and in 1904 one of the first modernized oyster buyboats, the Cresent. Chowning's Railway evolved into Southside Marine Railway, home to the Urbanna Yacht Club, founded in 1939. The club moved in 1949 to Deltaville and became Fishing Bay Yacht Club.
 
Erected by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Urbanna, Virginia series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 2, 1902.
 
Location. 37° 38.109′ N, 76° 34.476′ W. Marker is in Urbanna, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Cross Street (Virginia Route 227) just south of Oyster Road (Virginia Route 1002), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 Cross St, Urbanna VA 23175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonial Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Watling Street and Urbanna's Master Builder (about 400 feet away); Urbanna, Virginia (about 500 feet away); Old Middlesex County Courthouse
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(about 500 feet away); Virginia Street (about 500 feet away); Prince George Street and Old Tavern (about 600 feet away); Urbanna Museum & Visitors Center (about 600 feet away); Sandwich (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbanna.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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