Near Tazewell in Tazewell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Molly Tynes’s Ride
Erected by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number XH-1.)
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 37° 7.509′ N, 81° 27.966′ W. Marker was near Tazewell, Virginia, in Tazewell County. Marker was on Gratton Road (Virginia Route 61) 1.3 miles east of the Tazewell corporate limits, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Tazewell VA 24651, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Burke’s Garden (a few steps from this marker); First Court for Tazewell County William Wynne’s Fort (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tazewell (approx. 3.4 miles away); Indian-Settler Conflicts (approx. 5 miles away); Pisgah United Methodist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Big Crab Orchard Or Witten’s Fort (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Burke’s Garden (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tazewell.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a 40 year old marker with the same number and title that read, “To the north was “Rocky Dell,” the home of Samuel Tynes. From here on July 17, 1863, his daughter Molly rode across the mountains to Wythesville to warn the town of an attack by Federal forces under Colonel J. T. Toland.
Also see . . . Molly Tynes. 2006 article by Janice Busic. “Longfellow never wrote a poem about Molly as he did about Paul Revere. There were no newspapers headlines on the following day to record Molly’s brave ride. Nonetheless, very few children who grew up in or near Tazewell County did not hear the story of Molly Tynes and her courageous ride. Most people knew someone, or had a family member who remembered when Molly made her ride. Oral history does record what written words may not. Grandparents often began the story with, ‘I remember when ...’ or ‘My Momma told me about the time ...’ One example is the young boy who was standing in the door of the modest family home when an apparition riding a horse flew by the cabin door, yelling like a banshee. The boy who heard the words, ‘The Yankees are coming, tell everyone the Yankees are coming!’ grew up to be the respected physician, Dr. Caleb Thompson. Dr. Thompson enjoyed telling about his childhood experience.” (Submitted on July 17, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 902 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 17, 2011. 2. submitted on July 17, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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