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

Hyde Park

Hyde Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
1. Hyde Park Marker
Inscription. John Fowlkes constructed Hyde Park in the late 18th century; it was expanded in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Richmond department store-owner William B. Thalhimer Sr. purchased the property in 1938 and created a haven, training program, and model agricultural community for Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. He rescued several dozen young students of Gross Breesen Agricultural Institute in modern-day Poland. They established dairy and truck farms, created a modern chicken farm, and cultivated tobacco. With immigration halted, the farm did not become economically viable and it closed in the spring of 1941. Later, many of the students fought against Germany in World War II.
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-176.)
Location. 37° 6.639′ N, 78° 10.487′ W. Marker is near Burkeville, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is on West Court House Road (County Route 625) one mile east of Lewiston Plank Road (County Route 723), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkeville VA 23922, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Nottoway Meeting House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lottie Moon
Hyde Park Marker at Hyde Park Farm image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
2. Hyde Park Marker at Hyde Park Farm
(approx. 4.8 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1370 (approx. 5 miles away); Ingleside Training Institute (approx. 5.1 miles away); Crewe (approx. 5.3 miles away); Roger Atkinson Pryor (approx. 5.3 miles away); Nottoway Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 5.4 miles away); Nottoway Court House (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkeville.
Also see . . .
1. German students visit Nottoway farm that was a safe haven for German Jewish refugees. 2014 article by Bill Lohmann in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “William B. Thalhimer worked for years on the resettlement of German Jewish refugees around the United States, and came upon the idea of bringing refugees to rural farms, away from urban congestion and in settings where young Jews who had been banned from educational institutions could learn practical skills. Thalhimer purchased Hyde Park Farm, near Burkeville, planning to relocate 25 students from an agricultural school called Gross Breesen.

“Immigration was a tough sell in the United States in the 1930s, and Thalhimer battled the State Department for more than a year before the visas were finally issued in 1939. The 25 visas were issued, though
The Virginia Plan: William B. Thalhimer & a Rescue from Nazi Germany image. Click for more information.
3. The Virginia Plan: William B. Thalhimer & a Rescue from Nazi Germany
2001 book by Robert H. Gillette on
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only 22 ultimately made the journey. The remaining three were detained and eventually died in concentration camps, a fate that most certainly awaited the others had they not found their way to Nottoway County.” (Submitted on August 27, 2017.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Thalhimers. Thalhimers was a department store in the Southern United States. Based in Richmond, Virginia, the venerable chain at its peak operated dozens of stores in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and one store in Memphis, Tennessee. Thalhimers’ traditions were most notable during the holiday season with visits from the sticker-distributing Snow Bear and, in later years, the arrival of Lego Land at the downtown Richmond store. (Submitted on August 27, 2017.) 

3. Finding Thalhimers. 2010 book by Elisabeth Thalhimer Smartt on “As one who grew up in Virginia, I am all too easily swept away just by the name Thalhimer and the memories it evokes. Finding Thalhimers is a complex book, chronicling the rise and fall of a great department store while tracing the lives and times of the Thalhimer family, from Germany to the American South, through Elizabeth Smartt's in-depth research. A rich and evocative read.” — Lisa Tracy. (Submitted on August 27, 2017.) 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, World II
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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