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


Peytonsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 24, 2009
1. Peytonsburg Marker
Inscription.  Nearby to the east once stood the community of Peytonsburg a part of Halifax County when the county was formed in 1752. Peytonsburg was incorporated as a town in 1759 by the Virginia General Assembly and became part of Pittsylvania County in 1766. During the Revolutionary War, by the late 1770s, Peyonsburg was serving as a supply depot for southern colonial troops. Horseshoes and wooden canteens were made there for colonial troops. During the 1780s. Peytonsburg was a terminus of a mail route that ran from the town to Richmond. The inhabitants gradually left the town during the 19th century, and the buildings gradually disappeared.
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number L--50.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the George Washington Slept Here, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1752.
Location. 36° 49.441′ 
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N, 79° 22.863′ W. Marker is near Chatham, Virginia, in Pittsylvania County. Marker is on U.S. 29 Bypass, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chatham VA 24531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Markham (here, next to this marker); Rawley White Martin Residence (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bilhartz, Hall & Co. (approx. one mile away); Pittsylvania Court House (approx. one mile away); Pittsylvania County Confederate Monument (approx. one mile away); Hargrave Military Academy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Claude A. Swanson (approx. 2.3 miles away); Whitmell P. Tunstall (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
More about this marker. Marker is located between the VA 57 and VA 685 exits. It is alongside the marker for Markham. This Peytonsburg marker replaces an earlier one which was positioned at the intersection of VA 57 East and U. S. 29 Business (South Main Street) in Chatham. That earlier marker disappeared, apparently during road construction at the intersection, probably during the 1970's.
Regarding Peytonsburg. The actual site of the old town of Peytonsburg is just off VA 57 where Pittsylvania borders Halifax County, about 11 miles east of the marker.

Additional commentary.
Peytonsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 24, 2009
2. Peytonsburg Marker

1. George Washington Slept Here
President George Washington stopped at a public tavern in Peytonsburg on the night of June 4, 1791, as he returned from his southern tour. Having crossed the Dan River at Dix's Ferry that morning, he slept at Peytonsburg, and continued on into Halifax County the next day.
    — Submitted July 19, 2009.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,281 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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