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Emporia Virginia Historical Markers

 
South Main Street (facing north) image, Touch for more information
By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
South Main Street (facing north)
Virginia, Emporia — UM-39 — Benjamin D. Tillar, Jr.
Benjamin Donaldson Tillar, Jr. (1853-1887), a Greensville County native, president of the Atlantic and Danville Railroad, and member of the House of Delegates, is known as "the man who named Emporia." Two villages, Hicksford and Belfield, merged in . . . — Map (db m18936) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-43 — Bishop William McKendree
William McKendree was born in King William County in 1757. He soon moved with his family to present-day Greensville County, and later served in the Revolutionary War. In 1786, the county licensed him to keep a tavern at his house (12 miles south). . . . — Map (db m18943) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-51 — Butts Tavern
According to local tradition, the first court meeting for newly formed Greensville County occurred in Butts Tavern two blocks east on 22 Feb. 1781. Built about 1770 at the intersection of Fort Christianna and Halifax Roads for William Edwards, the . . . — Map (db m18953) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-50 — Chaplain Thomas M. Bulla
Thomas McNeill Bulla was born in North Carolina on 4 Jan. 1881. Ordained a Presbyterian minister, he was called here to the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia in 1911. In April 1917, he became chaplain of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry . . . — Map (db m18955) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Confederate Soldiers of Greensville County
To the Confederate Soldiers of Greensville County 1861.-1865. Who, in defence of rights they believed sacred, took up arms against the invaders of Virginia. "The glory dies not and the grief is past." (back) . . . — Map (db m19065) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-47 — Early Masonic Lodges
Hicksford Lodge No. 37, the first in Greensville County, was chartered in 1793. It became dormant by 1829, but several former members, with new recruits from Southampton County, formed Widow's Son Lodge No. 150, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of . . . — Map (db m18948) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial
Erected by American Legion Post No. 46 Greensville Ruritan Club Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5371 1987 — Map (db m39794) WM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-44 — Emporia Railroad History
The Petersburg Railroad was constructed in the early 1830s between Petersburg, Virginia and Weldon, North Carolina, through the towns of Belfield and Hicksford (present-day Emporia). It is considered the first railroad in the South built in a . . . — Map (db m18866) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-54 — Fearnought
The famous Thoroughbred racehorse Fearnought, a dominating racer in Great Britain and the foremost colonial-era sire in America, was foaled in England in 1755. In 1764, John Baylor brought him to Newmarket in Caroline County, where he stood at stud . . . — Map (db m18958) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-53 — General Edward E. Goodwyn
Edward Everard Goodwyn was born in Greensville Co. on 26 Sept. 1874. An Emporia businessman and civic leader, he also commanded the Virginia American Legion (1922-1923) and was a member of its National Executive Committee (1923-1925). Goodwyn served . . . — Map (db m18957) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-45 — Gordon Linwood Vincent(1867-1926)
Here lived Gordon L. Vincent, who represented Greensville and Sussex counties in the 1901-1902 Virginia Constitutional Convention. A successful and respected business leader, Vincent headed the Emporia Manufacturing Company, then one of the largest . . . — Map (db m18945) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-38 — Grave of Gen. John R. Chambliss, Jr.
Brig. Gen. John Randolph Chambliss, Jr., C.S.A., is buried just west of here. Born in Hicksford (present-day Emporia) on 23 January 1833, Chambliss graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1853. During the Civil War, he commanded . . . — Map (db m18870) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Greensville CountyVirginia — 1781 - 1981
Greensville County was formed in 1781 from Brunswick County; parts of Brunswick and Sussex Counties were added later. It was the prehistoric home of the Meherrin and Nottoway Indians. Edward Bland and Abraham Wood explored the land in 1650; the . . . — Map (db m19068) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-46 — Hicksford Raid
On 7 Dec. 1864, Union Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren led 28,000 men south from Petersburg to destroy the Petersburg Railroad between Stony Creek and the Meherrin River railroad bridge at Hicksford, thereby severing the Confederate supply line. Two . . . — Map (db m18845) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Hicksford Raid Monument
On this site December 9, 1864 Union General Gouvereur K. Warren with 28,000 troops at his command clashed with troops of Confederate Generals Wade Hampton and Wm. H. F. Lee, in a failed attempt to destroy the railroad bridge and tracks going south. . . . — Map (db m39795) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-48 — John Day
John Day, a free African American cabinetmaker and brother of Thomas Day, cabinetmaker and builder, was born in Hicksford (present-day Emporia) on 18 Feb. 1797. Licensed in 1821 as a Baptist minister, he sailed in December 1830 to Liberia, where in . . . — Map (db m18950) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Memorial League WWI Memorial
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Virginia, Emporia — UM-49 — Robert Hicks
Robert Hicks was born about 1658. By the 1690s he lived at Fort Henry near Petersburg and led traders to the Indians on the southern frontier. About 1709 he moved here to the future site of Hicksford (present-day Emporia) and became captain of the . . . — Map (db m18952) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Shiloh Baptist Church
In commemoration of the Shiloh Baptist Church Emporia, Virginia Shiloh was on of the first Black churches founded in Greensville County It was founded in 1866 under the leadership of Rev. Ephriam Royal Shiloh moved to . . . — Map (db m41511) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-40 — Tarleton's Movements
At this point Tarleton, the British cavalryman, crossed the Meherrin River, May 14, 1781. Sent ahead of Cornwallis's army, he had raided through Southampton and Greensville counties. — Map (db m18941) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Veterans of the 1914-1918 World War I
This gun is a memorial to the Veterans of the 1914-1918 World War I A captured Imperial German Army 150 mm field artillary cannon manufactured by Kkupp Works in 1917 Many thousands of Americans and Allied young men gave their lives in . . . — Map (db m19181) HM
Virginia, Emporia — Village View"Apple Jack" Raid
Just west of you is the railbed of the original Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, a major supply line to the Confederate army in Petersburg and Richmond. Because of its importance, the Union army made an effort to destroy the line here at Hicksford . . . — Map (db m18843) HM
Virginia, Emporia — UM-42 — Village View
Village View, a stately Federal-style mansion, was built about 1795 by James Wall and remodeled in 1823 by Nathaniel Land. It is notable for its elaborate scrollwork in the fanlight and sidelights around the front door, ornately carved mantels, . . . — Map (db m18844) HM

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