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By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
Christanna Highway & New Hope Road.
Virginia (Brunswick County), Alberta — DanieltownA Side Raid: 32 Troopers Captured — Wilson-Kautz Raid
In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen. Ulysses S Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling . . . — Map (db m20168) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Alberta — S-66 — Fort Christanna
Nearby to the south stood Fort Christanna, a wooden structure built in 1714 under the auspices of Alexander Spotswood and the Virginia Indian Company. Members of the Meiponsky, Occaneechi, Saponi, Stuckenock, and Tutelo Indian tribes lived within . . . — Map (db m20181) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Alberta — S-65 — Old Brunswick Courthouse
Here the first courthouse of Brunswick County was built about 1732. In 1746, when the county was divided, the county seat was moved east near Thomasburg. In 1783, after Greensville County had been formed, the courthouse was moved to Lawrenceville. — Map (db m20180) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Alberta — 38 — Southside Virginia Community CollegeAlberta, Virginia — Brunswick County
Southside Virginia Community College has two campuses: the Christanna Campus in Alberta, which opened in 1970, and the John H. Daniel campus in Keysville, which opened in 1971. The college is part of the statewide system of community colleges . . . — Map (db m30868) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Alberta — S-60 — Sturgeon Creek
A branch of the Nottoway, named for the huge fish once caught in it. William Byrd, returning from the expedition to survey the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line, camped on this stream in November, 1729. — Map (db m62406) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Blackstone — SN-59 — Brunswick County, Virginia“The Original Home of Brunswick Stew”
According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale . . . — Map (db m107700) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Broadnax — Bridges of Brunswick County
While wooden trestle bridges were numerous in Brunswick County, the Meherrin River Bridge was one of a few truss bridges on the A&D between Pinners Point (at Portsmouth) and Danville. Built in 1893, the 150-feet long, through truss pin-connected . . . — Map (db m94363) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Broadnax — Broadnax
A community of mills, warehouses, homes and stores sprang up with the construction of the Atlantic and Danville Railway in the 1890s. A combination freight and passenger station was located at Brodnax shown here in 1948. Bales of cotton, timber and . . . — Map (db m94357) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Broadnax — Rolling Post Office
Until about 1967, the U.S. Postal Service used the railroads to handle mail on designated routes. The mail was handled in special railroad cars usually moved on passenger trains, designated as Railway Post Office (RPO) cars. The RPOs were actually . . . — Map (db m94359) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Broadnax — The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick
The Thoroughbred is a horse breed synonymous with racing. All modem Thoroughbreds trace back to three stallions imported into England from the Middle East in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. English Thoroughbreds were imported into North . . . — Map (db m94361) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Broadnax — Tobacco As a Way of Life
Tobacco has long held a sacred and prominent role among the Indian tribes in the southeast. Well before Christopher Columbus returned with tobacco seeds from the Caribbean or Sir Walter Raleigh made smoking fashionable in Europe when he returned . . . — Map (db m94362) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Broadnax — You are Traveling Through the Scenic Meherrin River Watershed!
Did you know… A raindrop falling in the Meherrin River Watershed will travel over 200 miles before reaching the Atlantic?! Watersheds are the collective web of tributaries and surrounding land draining to a common waterbody, such as a major . . . — Map (db m94364) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Brodnax — S-67 — Brunswick County, Virginia"The Original Home of Brunswick Stew"
According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale . . . — Map (db m20188) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Brodnax — 40 — Hospital and School of the Good ShepherdLawrenceville, Virginia — Brunswick County
Though many freed African Americans continued after the Civil War to work the same farms on which they had been slaves, many also left their homes in search of better opportunities elsewhere. Often the sick, elderly and very young were left . . . — Map (db m30873) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Brodnax — Z-38 — Mecklenburg County / Brunswick County
(Obverse) Mecklenburg County Formed in 1764 from Lunenburg, and named for Princess Charlotte, of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen of George III. A small army under the command of rebel Nathaniel Bacon destroyed the town of the Occaneechee . . . — Map (db m30875) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Brodnax — S-74 — Staunton River Raid
The Union General Wilson, returning to Grant's army from a raid to Staunton River, crossed the road near here, June, 1864. — Map (db m20163) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Cochran — S-92 — Nellie Pratt Russell(1890–1979)
Nellie Pratt Russell, educator, attended Howard University and was one of six incorporators of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the first Greek letter organization founded by African American women. The sorority, established in 1908, . . . — Map (db m107412) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Dolphin — SN-61 — Smoky Ordinary
The ordinary that stood on this site catered to travelers on the north-south stage road as early as 1750. During the American Revolution local warehouses were burned by British Colonel Tarleton, and legend says that it was from that occurrence that . . . — Map (db m20164) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Dolphin — Smoky Ordinary“Rebel cavalry” — Wilson-Kautz Raid
In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling . . . — Map (db m20171) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Emporia — Z-36 — Brunswick County / Greensville County
Brunswick County Formed in 1720 from Prince George, Surry, and Isle of Wight. Named for the House of Brunswick, which came to the throne of England in 1714, when George I was crowned king. Colonial Fort Christanna was in this county. . . . — Map (db m60468) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Emporia — U-91 — Brunswick County, Virginia"The Original Home of Brunswick Stew"
According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale . . . — Map (db m60633) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — Brunswick County Confederate Monument
In memory of the Confederate Heroes of Brunswick County 1861.-1865. Love makes memory eternal Virginia — Map (db m20217) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — Brunswick County Courthouse
Late in the afternoon of May 15, 1864, Union Gen. August V. Kautz and his cavalry division rode into Lawrenceville, the Brunswick County seat. They were on the second leg of a two-part, two-week-long expedition to destroy railroad bridges and depots . . . — Map (db m62400) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — Col. John Jonesof Brunswick County
Soldier of the Revolution Feb. 14, 1735 – Jan. 11, 1793 Vestryman St. Andrew’s Parish 1775-79 Justice 1760-93 Sheriff 1773-75 Clerk 1789-93 House of Burgesses 1772-73 Virginia Senate 1776-89 Speaker of the Senate . . . — Map (db m20216) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — U-90 — Fort Christanna
Nearby to the south stood Fort Christanna, a wooden structure built in 1714 under the auspices of Alexander Spotswood and the Virginia Indian Company. Members of the Meiponsky, Occaneechi, Saponi, Stuckenock, and Tutelo Indian tribes lived within . . . — Map (db m20184) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — 41 — Fort ChristannaLawrenceville, Virginia — Brunswick County
In 1714, at Governor Alexander Spotswood’s urging, the Virginia General Assembly funded the Virginia Indian Company, charged with building a fort on the banks of the Meherrin River in what would become Brunswick County. The fort would provide . . . — Map (db m20197) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — Fort Christanna: Established 1714“The Farthest Western Outpost of the British Empire”
A Fort Called Christ-Anna You are standing at the site of Fort Christanna, a colonial fort laid out in 1714 by Virginia’s Governor Alexander Spotswood. The fort was built on a tract of land set aside in 1714 for a trading post, as well as a . . . — Map (db m20199) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — Governor Alexander Spotswood
Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740) was Governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722. Born in Africa of a Scottish family, he had distinguished himself at the Battle of Bleinheim and was wounded. He was appointed to the governor’s position in Virginia in . . . — Map (db m20200) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — Native Americans and Fort Christanna
The story of Native Americans after Jamestown's founding in 1607 is a tragic one. At that time the Siouan Indians of Virginia probably numbered 6,300 people. By 1714, when Fort Christanna was established, they were in difficult circumstances, being . . . — Map (db m20198) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — SN-63 — Saint Paul's College
Saint Paul's College was established in 1883 by the Venerable James Solomon Russell (1857-1935) as an Episcopal mission school to serve the black community of Southside Virginia. Born into slavery in Mecklenburg County, Russell was educated at . . . — Map (db m20187) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — 39 — Saint Paul's CollegeLawrenceville, Virginia — Brunswick County
Saint Paul’s College began as a small parochial school founded by a newly ordained Episcopal deacon, the Rev. James Solomon Russell. Born into slavery, Russell attended seminary school in Petersburg. Within a year of graduation he had managed . . . — Map (db m30870) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — Site of Fort Christanna
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Virginia (Brunswick County), Lawrenceville — The Colonial Dames of America Monument
In 1924 the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia acquired three and three-quarters acres of land on which the fort was presumed to have been built, then erected a monument of concrete embedded with . . . — Map (db m20202) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Meredithville — SN-67 — Saint Paul’s Chapel SchoolRosenwald Funded
Among the earliest of the more than a dozen Julius Rosenwald Schools built in Brunswick County, Saint Paul’s Chapel School was constructed as a one-teacher standard plan in 1920 under the initial wave of Tuskegee Institute-administered building . . . — Map (db m107433) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Valentines — S-84 — Brunswick Circuit
The Brunswick Circuit, established in 1773 by Robert Williams, is likely the oldest Methodist circuit in America. It extended from Petersburg south into North Carolina, and became known as “the cradle of Methodism in the South.” By 1776, . . . — Map (db m60671) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Valentines — SN-58 — Brunswick County, Virginia"The Original Home of Brunswick Stew"
According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale . . . — Map (db m60672) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Valentines — SN-60 — Mason's Chapel
Near here stood Mason's Chapel, one of the earliest Methodist churches in southern Virginia. The first Virginia conference, May, 1785, was held here or nearby; Bishop Asbury presided. The conference of 1801 was held here. The present Olive Branch . . . — Map (db m60673) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Warfield — S-57 — Birch's Bridge
At Birch's Bridge (very near this bridge) the second William Byrd and his party crossed the river, in September, 1733, on their way to inspect Byrd's land holdings in North Carolina. Byrd wrote an account of this trip which he called “A . . . — Map (db m62403) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Warfield — S-68 — Brunswick County, Virginia"The Original Home of Brunswick Stew"
According to local tradition, while Dr. Creed Haskins and several friends were on a hunting trip in Brunswick County in 1828, his camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, hunted squirrels for a stew. Matthews simmered the squirrels with butter, onions, stale . . . — Map (db m20186) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Warfield — Z-37 — Dinwiddie County / Brunswick County
(obverse) Dinwiddie County Area 521 Square Miles Formed in 1752 from Prince George, and named for Robert Dinwiddie, Governor of Virginia 1751-1756. General Winfield Scott was born in this county, and in it took place the battle . . . — Map (db m62404) HM
Virginia (Brunswick County), Warfield — S-58 — Ebenezer Academy
A few hundred yards east is the site of Ebenezer Academy, founded in 1793 by Bishop Asbury, the first Methodist school established in Virginia. It passed out of the hands of the church but remained a noted school for many years. — Map (db m62405) HM

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