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

Bridge Over the Creek

Urbanna, Virginia

 

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By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2021
1. Bridge Over the Creek Marker
Inscription.  From the town's beginning, there has been either a ferry or a bridge near this site. County residents traveling to and from the courthouse in Urbanna complained over generations of the slow moving ferry across the creek. The construction of the first bridge came in the aftermath of county citizens voting to approve a referendum in 1849 to move their county seat from Urbanna to Saluda, in part because of the "slow moving ferry. The loss of the courthouse prompted several Urbanna businessmen to consider building a bridge along the colonial ferry path across from Rosegill into town. On August 7, 1858, they formed the Urbanna Toll Bridge Company to build and operate a toll bridge. Completed in 1859, the first one-lane bridge had a draw and a wide passing lane towards the center of the bridge. It was replaced in 1896 by the town's first two-lane, free bridge. The Virginia Department of Transportation took Urbanna Bridge into the highway system in 1928 and Fred Ward, local carpenter and boatbuilder, was the bridge builder. The bridge was widened in 1939 and rebuilt to equip a steel swing draw. The concrete bridge here today was completed
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 25, 2021
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by the state in 1957 and was named in 2001 the Beryl R. Newman Memorial Bridge in honor of Newman, who won the Medal of Honor on January 15, 1945 for his heroics in World War II. Newman operated a seafood business in town where the town marina now stands.
 
Erected by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the The Museum in the Streets®: Urbanna, Virginia series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is January 15, 1945.
 
Location. 37° 37.998′ N, 76° 34.318′ W. Marker is in Urbanna, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Watling Street (Route 1004) 0.1 miles south of Urbanna Road (Virginia Route 227), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 Watling Street, 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. Steamboat Era (within shouting distance of this marker); Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); Watling Street and Urbanna's Master Builder (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cross Street (approx. 0.2
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miles away); The Backyard Garden Was Essential (approx. ¼ mile away); A Hub For Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); Prettyman’s Rolling Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Tobacco Warehouse (approx. ¼ mile 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 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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