“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hillsville in Carroll County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

John Carroll

John Carroll Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
1. John Carroll Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  During the 1842 session of the Virginia General Assembly, despite opposition, John Carroll successfully sponsored a bill partitioning Grayson County and forming a new county, thus fulfilling his campaign pledge. Local tradition holds that the Controversy over the new county’s name was resolved when there was agreement to honor Charles Carroll of Carrollton in Maryland, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Carroll’s last residence, located nearby, was a plain two-story frame house with a gable roof. Carroll, born in Ireland in 1801, died in 1860 and is buried in Wytheville.
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-27.)
Location. 36° 45.421′ N, 80° 42.525′ W. Marker is in Hillsville, Virginia, in Carroll County. Marker is on Danville Pike / East Stuart Drive (Old U.S. 58) just west of Snake Creek Road (County Route 670), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsville VA 24343, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11
John Carroll Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 9, 2017
2. John Carroll Marker
miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carroll County (approx. one mile away); Hillsville (approx. 1.7 miles away); Woodlawn School (approx. 6.4 miles away); Woodlawn (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Stonemans (approx. 6.8 miles away); Wythe County/ Carroll County (approx. 8˝ miles away); Caroll County / Floyd County (approx. 9.8 miles away); Carroll County / Wythe County (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsville.
Also see . . .  A Brief History Of Carroll County, Virginia. 1984 essay by Ninevah J. Willis at The Mountain Laurel. “Mr. John Carroll, a native of Ireland, who came to America and settled at Dugspur, got himself elected to represent Grayson County in the Legislature in order to form a new county and have it named for himself. His opponent, James Blair of Galax, caused the bill to be passed which provided ‘that the new county should be called and known by the name of Carroll County, in memory of Charles Carroll of Carrollton’ the last survivor of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (January 17, 1842). Two years later Representative John Carroll got a bill enacted naming the county seat Carrollton, but the inhabitants continued calling their village Hillsville. Historians disagree as to whom Carroll County [Virginia] honors with its name.” (Submitted on June 22, 2017.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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