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Brownsburg in Rockbridge County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brownsburg

 
 
Brownsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2011
1. Brownsburg Marker
Inscription. The village of Brownsburg, established on 23 November 1793, is an enduring example of a mid- to late-19th-century Shenandoah Valley community. By 1835 Brownsburg was a thriving commercial hub and was centrally located on the stagecoach line between Staunton and Lexington. Brownsburg Academy, a private Presbyterian high school for young men, was built with funds raised by local residents. The Academy operated as a private institution from 1850 to 1877 and its building was used for classes, religious services, and public meetings. A portion of Brownsburg was listed as a historic district on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-70.)
 
Location. 37° 55.69′ N, 79° 19.17′ W. Marker is in Brownsburg, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker is on Brownsburg Turnpike (Virginia Route 252) just south of Hays Creek Road (County Route 724), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2707 Brownsburg Tpk, Brownsburg VA 24415, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherry Grove Estate (approx.
Brownsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2011
2. Brownsburg Marker
3.9 miles away); Red House and the McDowell Family (approx. 4.2 miles away); Dr. Ephraim McDowell (approx. 4.2 miles away); McDowell's Grave (approx. 4.2 miles away); Cyrus H. McCormick (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Marl Creek Interpretive Trail (approx. 5.8 miles away); Liberty Hall Academy (approx. 6.3 miles away); Timber Ridge Church (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  A Brief History of Brownsburg. “The mainstream of Valley activity bypassed Brownsburg when the Valley Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was constructed several miles to the east of the village in 1880. An exception occurred in the late 19th Century when the Wilburn Saddle, a type reminiscent of the cavalry officer’s saddle and used throughout the Valley of Virginia, was manufactured in Brownsburg. More recently, two major transportation routes, U.S. Route 11 and Interstate 81, like the B&O Railroad, were located east of the community. As a result, Brownsburg has remained settled in appearance for the past 100 years, and has retained most of its early-19th Century dwellings and supporting structures. Today the village is primarily a residential community.”
Brownsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2011
3. Brownsburg Marker
(Submitted on August 6, 2011.) 
 
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Bell from the Brownsburg Academy image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2011
4. Bell from the Brownsburg Academy
It is next to the marker. Sign on bell reads, “Bell from the Brownsburg Academy (Presbyterian High School) built in 1850. It was used many years there and in later school buildings in Brownsburg. Cast by John Taylor of Richmond, Virginia ca. 1800.”
The Brownsburg Museum, Left image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2011
5. The Brownsburg Museum, Left
Former General Store image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2011
6. Former General Store
Now Old South Antiques and Art Gallery
Sleepy Hollow, Circa 1775 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2011
7. Sleepy Hollow, Circa 1775
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 6, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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