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Danville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dix's Ferry

 
 
Dix's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2013
1. Dix's Ferry Marker
Inscription. In 1766 John Dix established his ferry approximately three miles south of here on the Dan River. During the American Revolution, in February 1781, the ferry was a strategic site in Gen. Nathanael Greene's “race to the Dan,” the pursuit of Greene to the Dan River in Virginia by British Gen. Charles Cornwallis. The ferry also transported troops and supplies for Greene's army in his actions against Cornwallis at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. In 1791 President George Washington crossed the Dan River on the ferry as he returned from his 1,887-mile southern tour.
 
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-39.)
 
Location. 36° 34.851′ N, 79° 20.426′ W. Marker is in Danville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Boston Road (U.S. 58) and Kentuck Road (Virginia Route 729), on the right when traveling east on South Boston Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville VA 24540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Archer T. Gammon (approx. 1 miles away); Danville Fortifications (approx. 2.1 miles away); Richmond & Danville Railroad
US 58 (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2013
2. US 58 (facing east)
(approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond & Danville Railroad (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond & Danville Railroad (approx. 2 miles away); The Worsham Street Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); North Danville (approx. 2.7 miles away); Frederick Delius (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
Categories. War, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on September 14, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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