Ridgeway in Henry County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
William Byrd’s Camp
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 1212
1. William Byrd’s Camp Marker
William Byrd’s Camp. . Near here, on Matrimony Creek, William Byrd pitched his camp, November, 1728, while determining the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line. . This historical marker was erected in 1937 by Conservation and Development Commission. It is in Ridgeway in Henry County Virginia
Near here, on Matrimony Creek, William Byrd pitched his camp, November, 1728, while determining the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line.
Erected 1937 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number A-57.)
Location. 36° 32.778′ N, 79° 54.155′ W. Marker is in Ridgeway, Virginia, in Henry County. Marker is on US 220, in the median. Marker is located a short distance north of the North Carolina border. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgeway VA 24148, United States of America. Touch for directions.
This 1700-1704 portrait of William Byrd II (1674-1744) by Sir Godfrey Kneller hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
“William Byrd II inherited a great deal of property In Virginia that, together with the force of his personality and his own accomplishments, made him one of the most prominent and powerful men in the colony. He was educated and practiced law in England and traveled extensively there and on the Continent. Before returning to America, he commissioned this stylish portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller, the principal painter to the British monarch. Byrd was a successful tobacco planter and served for many years on the Virginia Council. In 1728 he played a lead role in surveying the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line. One result of this work was Byrd's book, The History of the Dividing Line Run in the Year 1728, a colorful account of Virginia's history and its flora and fauna. Late in life he built Westover, a Georgian mansion on the James River, where he housed his collection of thirty portraits of family and other persons of note.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 607 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on September 22, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.