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Elk Creek in Grayson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Peyton Guyn Hale

Payton Guyn Hale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2013
1. Payton Guyn Hale Marker
Inscription.  Bork in Elk Creek, Virginia, June 29, 1821, member of the House of Delegates, 1874–1877, member state Senate, 1879-1882. One of the “Big Four,” a group which resisted many proposals of the Readjusters. Died in Elk Creek, December 25, 1885.
Erected 1970 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number U-23.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 29, 1842.
Location. 36° 42.19′ N, 81° 10.084′ W. Marker is in Elk Creek, Virginia, in Grayson County. Marker is on Elk Creek Parkway (U.S. 21) south of Carsonville Road (County Route 660), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Creek VA 24326, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caty Sage (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wythe County / Grayson County (approx. 4.2 miles away); Grayson's First Muster Roll While Part of Montgomery County, VA
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(approx. 5.6 miles away); The G.A.T.E. Center (approx. 5.6 miles away); Grayson County Courthouse (approx. 5.6 miles away); Grayson County Confederate Monument (approx. 5.6 miles away); Grayson County War Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Independence (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elk Creek.
Regarding Peyton Guyn Hale. The other three of the Big Four were, like Hale, post Civil War state senators: A. M. Lybrook, S. H. Newberry, B. F. William. While these four do not appear to have caused the dissolution of the Readjuster Party, they early on disrupted the party’s legislative agenda. The Readjuster Party disappeared into the Republican Party after 1883 and Virginia’s Democratic Party returned to power. The Democratic-controlled legislature passed constitutional changes and legislation that effectively disfranchised all blacks and some poor whites and created ‘Jim Crow’ legalized segregation.

In 1931 a portrait of the Big Four and John Massey, unsucessful Readjuster Party candidate for Governor, was unveiled in the old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Richmond.
Related markers.
Payton Guyn Hale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2013
2. Payton Guyn Hale Marker
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are other “Big Four” and Readjuster Movement markers.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 538 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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