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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Roadbed

 
 
Historic Roadbed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
1. Historic Roadbed Marker
Inscription. The Historical Roadbed that you see before you dates from the earliest colonial times of what is now Patrick County. This road may have been in use as early as the 1750 period. Approximately one thousand feet of this historic road forms the eastern boundary of the Laurel Hill property now owned by the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust Inc.

This road appears on maps dated as early as 1818, and was then known as the Old Sulphur Springs Road. As the road made its way to Mount Airy, it crossed present day Virginia route 773 and meandered across the fields to the left of Virginia route 773, and then rejoined the present day road a few hundred yards before it crossed the North Carolina state line. We do know that the old road crossed the state line at the same point as the present day road. It is thought that this old road was constructed along a portion of the eastern line of survey of David Bell's 2,816 acre patent obtained in 1753 which later became part of Elizabeth and Archibald Stuart's plantation called Laurel Hill.
This sign is a gift of
David Alen & Jane Carter Vaughan of Lynchburg, VA and
Aec Charles & Lucy Lee Carter Wilson of Martinsville, VA
In Memory of Dr. George Adcock Carter, Surgeon, C.S.A.

 
Erected
Patrick County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
2. Patrick County Courthouse
Relevance to Historic Roadbed unclear.
1999 by J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc.
 
Location. 36° 33.74′ N, 80° 33.16′ W. Marker is near Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773). Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Jeb Stuart Birthplace (Laurel Hill). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1091 Ararat Hwy, Ararat VA 24053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The "Lee" Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); "Stuart the Raider" (within shouting distance of this marker); Laurel Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); "Stuart the Scout" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Stuart the Commander" (about 300 feet away); "Stuart the Leader" (about 300 feet away); "Flora and Jeb" (about 300 feet away); The Stuart Graveyard (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
Also see . . .  Laurel Hill Teacherís Guide (PDF). (Submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Blue Ridge Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
3. Blue Ridge Hotel
This historic hotel was located in Mt. Airy, NC and is believed to have been a regular social destination for the young J.E.B. Stuart (see link on this page). Relevance to Historic Roadbed unclear.
Historic Roadbed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
4. Historic Roadbed Marker
Historic Roadbed and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
5. Historic Roadbed and Marker
Adjacent Laurel Hill Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
6. Adjacent Laurel Hill Stone Marker
Entered on the National Register of Historic Places on September 24, 1998

Entered on the Virginia Landmarks Register on January 23, 1998
Historic Roadbed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
7. Historic Roadbed Marker
In this schematic drawing, the historic roadbed is the green vertical line in the center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   7. submitted on November 22, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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