Near Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Popularizer of the Banjo
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number M-68.)
Location. 37° 22.958′ N, 78° 47.366′ W. Marker is near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Old Courthouse Road (State Highway 24), on the right when traveling west. Located at a highway pull-off in Appomattox Court House National Historic Site, near the bridge over the Appomattox River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker After the Surrender (within shouting distance of this marker); Appomattox River (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee's Apple Tree (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grant and Lee Meeting (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Salute of Arms” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lee and Grant Meet (approx. 0.3 miles away); Last Artillery Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); Final Combat (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox Court House.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker numbered M-66 and titled “Inventor of the Banjo” near this location. It was renumbered because there was another marker elsewhere in Appomattox with this same M-66 number but titled “Eldon” about another topic. The original marker read “Nearby is buried Joel Walker Sweeney (circa 1810–1860), musician and developer of the five-string banjo. In 1831 Sweeney launched himself and his two brothers, Sam and Dick, on a series of minstrel tours that continued until his death twenty-nine years later.”
Also see . . .
1. Talented Sweeneys. Article looking at the musical career of the Sweeneys. (Submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. "Banjo" Sweeney. Photos from the National Park Service showing the Sweeneys. (Submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,204 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.