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Kilmarnock in Lancaster County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kilmarnock

 
 
Kilmarnock Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
1. Kilmarnock Marker
Inscription. Kilmarnock was called “the Crossroads” about 1664, because multiple thoroughfares crossed here. By the middle of the 18th century, the community was named Steptoe’s Ordinary for a storehouse and tavern owned by William Steptoe I. About 1775, it became Kilmarnock, after the town in Scotland. By the 1850s, with Kilmarnock Seminary and Female Seminary, it was a center of education in the Northern Neck, and was becoming a thriving commercial hub. Fires devastated Kilmarnock in 1909, 1915, and 1952, but its citizens successfully rebuilt each time. Kilmarnock was incorporated as a town on 8 Dec. 1930.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-104.)
 
Location. 37° 42.65′ N, 76° 22.817′ W. Marker is in Kilmarnock, Virginia, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Virginia Route 3) and East Church Street (Virginia Route 200), on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kilmarnock VA 22482, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First American Woman Missionary to China (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Morgan E. Norris
The Marker is at the Corner of Main and Church Streets image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
2. The Marker is at the Corner of Main and Church Streets
North and South Main Streets (Route 3, left to right) meet East Church Street (Route 200, behind marker) and West Church Street(behind the photographer). Lipscombe’s Furniture store is on this corner.
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Ditchley and Cobbs (approx. 1.9 miles away); Corotoman (approx. 3.1 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Morattico Baptist Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Christ Church Lancaster (approx. 3.2 miles away); White Marsh Church (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kilmarnock.
 
Also see . . .  Kilmarnock’s History. “In 1764, Robert Gilmour, an agent for a mercantile firm based in Glasgow, Scotland, is thought to have been involved in giving the name of ‘Kilmarnock’ to the crossroads location using the name of Kilmarnock, Scotland, where he apparently also owned land. The earliest known record referenced to ‘Kilmarnock, Virginia,’ can be found in a deed recorded in 1778.” (Submitted on November 7, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraPolitical Subdivisions
 
Sunset on South Main Street (Eastbound Route 3), Kilmarnock, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
3. Sunset on South Main Street (Eastbound Route 3), Kilmarnock, Virginia
North Main Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
4. North Main Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia
East Church Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
5. East Church Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 764 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 7, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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