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Boydton in Mecklenburg County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road

 
 
Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road Marker
Inscription. The Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road was built between 1851 and 1853 and was funded by stock bought by the state as well as the public. The all-weather toll road increased the transportation of crops to market and also carried stagecoach traffic between Boydton and Petersburg. The road was constructed of pine and oak planks eight feet long, one foot wide, and three to four inches thick laid across parallel beams, slanted slightly to improve drainage. A ten-foot-wide shoulder let vehicles pass each other. By 1860 the road, except for an 1856 extension to Clarksville, was declared unsafe, due to heavy wear, poorly suited untreated lumber, and the collapse of the Meherrin River Bridge.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UL-6.)
 
Location. 36° 39.764′ N, 78° 24.375′ W. Marker is in Boydton, Virginia, in Mecklenburg County. Marker is on Highway Fifty Eight (U.S. 58) 0.1 miles east of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boydton VA 23917, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Revolutionary Soldier (here, next to this marker); Old Randolph-Macon College
US Rt 58 (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
2. US Rt 58 (facing east)
(here, next to this marker); Taylor's Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Boydton Academic and Bible Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Mecklenburg County Confederate Monument (approx. one mile away); Boydton (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boyd Tavern (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boydton Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boydton.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USRoads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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