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Near Courtland in Southampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Benjamin F. Hicks

1847-1925

 
 
Benjamin F. Hicks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
1. Benjamin F. Hicks Marker
Inscription.  Born six miles north of here near Courtland in the Berlin-Ivor District of Southampton County, African American Benjamin Hicks made his living by farming. Highly respected for his industrious and creative talents, he used the anvil, forge, and woodworking devices in his machine shop to improve peanut farming methods. By 1902, Hick had received a patent for his invention of a gasoline-powered machine for stemming and cleaning peanuts and is noted for his contributions to the development of the peanut harvester. Hick's picker is believed to have helped revolutionize farming in Southampton and the peanut growing area. He is buried on his farm.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U 120-a.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgriculture. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
 
Location. 36° 48.104′ N, 77° 1.969′ W. Marker is near Courtland, Virginia, in Southampton
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County. Marker is at the intersection of Ivor Road (Virginia Route 616) and St. Lukes Road (Virginia Route 633), on the right when traveling south on Ivor Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Courtland VA 23837, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Courtland School — Rosenwald Funded (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mahone’s Tavern (approx. 6.3 miles away); Southampton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Rebecca Vaughan House (approx. 6.4 miles away); Southampton County / Sussex County (approx. 6.6 miles away); General Thomas' Birthplace (approx. 7.7 miles away); Blackwater Line - Joyner's Ford (approx. 7.9 miles away); Virginia Native Tribes/First Americans (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
 
Ivor Rd & St Lukes Rd (facing south) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
2. Ivor Rd & St Lukes Rd (facing south)
Ivor Rd (facing north) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
3. Ivor Rd (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,788 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Feb. 28, 2024