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Studley in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Early Airmail Service

Studley Beacon

 
 
Early Airmail Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2009
1. Early Airmail Service Marker
Inscription.  Airmail service was initiated by the U.S. Post Office and the Army on 15 May 1918. Because of the danger night flying posed, airway beacons such as Studley were erected along the airmail routes between the East and West Coasts and Georgia and New York. By 1922 towers with flashing beacons were placed along designated civil airways. Studley was the site of "Delta Airmail Beacon #47" erected circa 1927, one of 50 in Virginia on the Atlanta - New York Civil Airways Corridor. The Studley beacon was dismantled in the mid-twentieth century.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O 58-a.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCommunications. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately 📭, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 15, 1918.
 
Location. 37° 40.572′ N, 77° 17.599′ W. Marker is in Studley, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Williamsville Road and
Early Airmail Service Marker on Williamsville Road image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2009
2. Early Airmail Service Marker on Williamsville Road
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Studley Road, on the right when traveling north on Williamsville Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Studley (within shouting distance of this marker); Patrick Henry's Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem Church/Haw’s Shop (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Studley (approx. half a mile away); Unknown Confederate Soldiers (approx. one mile away); Enon Church (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Enon Church (approx. one mile away); Newmarket (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Studley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,163 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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