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


Marion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 4, 2011
1. Marion Marker
Inscription. The community center here was known as Royal Oak, home of Arthur Campbell, frontiersman. The place became the county seat when Smyth County was formed and was named for Francis Marion, revolutionary hero. It was incorporated in 1832; the courthouse was built in 1834; the railroad came in 1856. A cavalry action was fought here, December, 1864, in Stoneman's Raid.
Erected 1941 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number K-34.)
Location. 36° 49.966′ N, 81° 31.212′ W. Marker is in Marion, Virginia, in Smyth County. Marker is on West Main Street (State Highway 16) west of Church Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Smyth County courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Marion VA 24354, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smyth County Revolutionary War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Smyth County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. William Elisha Peters (approx. 0.4 miles away); Col. Arthur Campbell
Marion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 4, 2011
2. Marion Marker
This was the best overall shot I could get due to the flag memorial on the front lawn. Marker can be seen between the flags near the center right of the image.
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Colonial Home (approx. 1.3 miles away); Royal Oak Presbyterian Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); Sherwood Anderson (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Our History. “A local businessman, William H. ‘Bill’ Jones of Marion, during the period 1959 to 1962, created what is now the nationally successful soft drink ‘Mountain Dew’ at Marion’s Tip Bottling Company, now site of Hungate Business Services at 517 North Main Street. Jones experimented with flavors, routinely offering Marion residents samples of what he bubbled together. He eventually sold the soft drink ‘Mountain Dew’ to Pepsico in 1964. Marion now boast itself as the ‘Home of Mountain Dew’ on signs and brochures.” (Submitted on July 24, 2011.) 

2. “Marion, Southwest Virginia” Video.
(Submitted on November 20, 2015.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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