Stuart in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1941 by Virginia Conversation Commission. (Marker Number U-30.)
Location. 36° 38.54′ N, 80° 16.172′ W. Marker is in Stuart, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker is at the intersection of West Blue Ridge Street (Virginia Route 8) and North Main Street, on the left when traveling west on West Blue Ridge Street. Touch for map. It is at the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Stuart VA 24171, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Ridge Mission School (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Reynolds Homestead (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Reynolds Homestead (approx. 6.9 miles away); William Byrd’s Survey of 1728 (approx. 6.9 miles away); Colonel Abram Penn Rural Life In Appalachia (approx. 10.6 miles away); Fairy Stone State Park (approx. 13.7 miles away).
Regarding Stuart. Stuart was the western terminus of the Danville and Western Railway. A 1925 timetable shows two daily trains in each direction connecting Stuart with the Southern Railway’s main line in Danville 75 rail miles away. In Danville, fast trains north to Washington, New York and Boston, and south to Atlanta and New Orleans ran frequently. But the trains between Stuart and Danville were never fast—the 1925 timetable quotes a five hour ride—and the railway was nicknamed the “delay and wait” and the “dick and willie.” The tracks to Stuart were abandoned in 1942.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry. “Following the economic difficulties of the civil war, the residents of Taylorsville focused their energies on expanding railroads to boost the economy. The Danville and New River Railroad was chartered in 1873. ... The first train pulled into Taylorsville in August 1884. With the growth associated with the railroad, Taylorsville was incorporated as a town in 1884 and was renamed Stuart in honor of Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart, who was born 20 miles southwest of town in Ararat, Virginia.
(Submitted on June 9, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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