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The Courage of Frank Padget

 
 
The Courage of Frank Padget Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Forest McDermott, August 3, 2016
1. The Courage of Frank Padget Marker
Inscription.  Heavy rains early in 1854 left the James River and the treacherous Balcony Falls in full flood. On 21 January the towrope of the canal boat, Clinton, snapped. Washed over the Mountain Dam and through successive falls, its passengers became stranded in the raging waters. Braving the dangerous river, Frank Padget, an enslaved boatman, skillfully led a crew of five rescuers who successfully saved dozens of the stranded passengers. While he was attempting to rescue the last passenger, Padget's craft was broken on the rocks. Unable to fight the rushing current, Padget drowned.
 
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number R-23.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansDisasters. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 21, 1854.
 
Location. 37° 35.187′ N, 79° 3.097′ W. Marker is in Amherst, Virginia, in Amherst County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 29) west of Star Street,
The Courage of Frank Padget Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Forest McDermott, August 3, 2016
2. The Courage of Frank Padget Marker
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on the right when traveling south. Marker in the southwest corner of the Amherst County Museum & Historical Society property. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 S Main Street, Amherst VA 24521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kearfortt-Wood House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Milepost (within shouting distance of this marker); The Amherst County Bateau / The Thornhill Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas "Tom" Nelson Burford (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Beirut-Lebanon (about 400 feet away); Vietnam Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amherst.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2022