“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Brodnax in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Brunswick County, Virginia

"The Original Home of Brunswick Stew"

Brunswick County, Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
1. Brunswick County, Virginia Marker
Inscription.  According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale bread, and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew. Recipes for Brunswick stew have changed over time as chicken has replaced squirrel and vegetables have been added, but the stew remains thick and rich. Other states have made similar claims but Virginia's is the first.
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-67.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
Location. 36° 46.267′ N, 78° 1.872′ W. Marker is near Brodnax, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker is on Boydton Plank Road (U.S. 1) 0.6 miles south of Tanner Town Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Boydton Plank Road (facing north). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
2. Boydton Plank Road (facing north).
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markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brunswick County / Mecklenburg County (a few steps from this marker); Staunton River Raid (approx. 2.1 miles away); The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick (approx. 3.4 miles away); Rolling Post Office (approx. 3.9 miles away); Mecklenburg County / Brunswick County (approx. 4½ miles away); Tobacco As a Way of Life (approx. 4.7 miles away); Broadnax (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bridges of Brunswick County (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brodnax.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Five state markers have this same title and text.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Sep. 28, 2022