Rocky Mount in Franklin County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Franklin County Court
The original gentlemen justices held monthly court here at the ironmaster’s house until the spring of 1785 when the first log courthouse was completed on land donated by Col. Callaway where the present courthouse now stands.
Original Gentlemen Justices: Hugh Innes; Robert Hairston; Robert Woods, Sheriff; Peter Saunders; Thomas Arthur; Jonathan Richardson; John Smith; Moses Greer; Spencer Clark; John Gypson; Swinfield Hill; John Rentfro.
Franklin County Bicentennial, 1786–1986.
Location. 36° 59.35′ N, 79° 53.55′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, Virginia, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Lawndale Drive just west of South Main Street (Business U.S. 220). Touch for map. It is in front of the house, at the driveway. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Washington Iron Works (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rocky Mount (approx. half a mile away); Norfolk and Western Caboose (approx. 0.8 miles away); Franklin County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Carolina Road (approx. 4.4 miles away); Ferrum College (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fort Blackwater (approx. 4.4 miles away); Taylor’s Store (approx. 10½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
Regarding First Franklin County Court. From the 1972 National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: “On a hill neighboring the iron works stands The Farm at the Furnace. This seems to be the dwelling that was constructed about 1818 for Peter Saunders Junior. An extensive remodeling in 1850 converted the house into a Classical Revival Structure.” There is more information on the page of the nearby Washington Iron Works marker.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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