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Criglersville in Madison County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blue Ridge Turnpike

 
 
Blue Ridge Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
1. Blue Ridge Turnpike Marker
Inscription. The Blue Ridge Turnpike, completed in 1853, passed near here on its 56-mile route from the vicinity of New Market to the railhead in Gordonsville. Crossing the mountains at Fishers Gap, the road linked the Shenandoah Valley to markets in the east. The Blue Ridge Turnpike Company financed the $176,000 project by selling shares of stock to individuals and to the Commonwealth of Virginia. After the road sustained heavy damage during the Civil War, the company abandoned it. Counties along the route took over maintenance about 1870. Traces of the original alignment exist along State Routes 231 and 670 and within Shenandoah National Park.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JE-7.)
 
Location. 38° 27.644′ N, 78° 18.209′ W. Marker is in Criglersville, Virginia, in Madison County. Marker is on Old Blue Ridge Turnpike (Virginia Route 670) 0.2 miles west of Poor House Road (Virginia Route 642), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Heritage Project Memorial, in front of the old Criglersville Elementary School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1120 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, Madison VA 22727, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Blue Ridge Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
2. Blue Ridge Turnpike Marker
7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Camp of Stonewall Jackson’s (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hebron Lutheran Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Jackson’s March to Fredericksburg (approx. 5.9 miles away); James L. Kemper Residence (approx. 6 miles away); Cpl. Clinton Greaves (1855-1906) (approx. 6.1 miles away); Madison County / Rappahannock County (approx. 6˝ miles away); The President’s Quarters (approx. 6.6 miles away); Mountain Streams in the Camp (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker was officially dedicated on June 17, 2017, although it had been erected several months earlier.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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