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Near Courtland in Southampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Benjamin F. Hicks

1847-1925

 
 
Benjamin F. Hicks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
1. Benjamin F. Hicks Marker
Inscription. Born six miles north of here near Courtland in the Berlin-Ivor District of Southampton County, African American Benjamin Hicks made his living by farming. Highly respected for his industrious and creative talents, he used the anvil, forge, and woodworking devices in his machine shop to improve peanut farming methods. By 1902, Hick had received a patent for his invention of a gasoline-powered machine for stemming and cleaning peanuts and is noted for his contributions to the development of the peanut harvester. Hick's picker is believed to have helped revolutionize farming in Southampton and the peanut growing area. He is buried on his farm.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U 120-a.)
 
Location. 36° 48.104′ N, 77° 1.969′ W. Marker is near Courtland, Virginia, in Southampton County. Marker is at the intersection of Ivor Road (Virginia Route 616) and St. Lukes Road (Virginia Route 633), on the right when traveling south on Ivor Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Courtland VA 23837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Courtland School — Rosenwald Funded (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mahone’s Tavern
Ivor Rd & St Lukes Rd (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
2. Ivor Rd & St Lukes Rd (facing south)
(approx. 6.3 miles away); The Rebecca Vaughan House (approx. 6.4 miles away); Southampton County / Sussex County (approx. 6.6 miles away); Old Indian Reservation (approx. 6.8 miles away); General Thomas' Birthplace (approx. 7.7 miles away); Blackwater Line - Joyner's Ford (approx. 7.9 miles away); Nottoway Indians (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
 
Categories. African AmericansAgriculture
 
Ivor Rd (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 28, 2011
3. Ivor Rd (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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