“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Franklin Virginia Historical Markers

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"Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" Marker, Union Camp Corporation, `
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Virginia, Franklin — "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary"
Paul and James Camp started P.D. Camp and Company, a lumber business, in 1877. The brothers bought R.J. Neely's sawmill in 1886 and established Camp Manufacturing Company in 1887. The original Franklin mill was steam powered and lay on a . . . — Map (db m51001) HM
Virginia, Franklin — Battle of Franklin“Jumping out of bed”
The war seemed far from Franklin when Union forces captured Roanoke Island and the North Carolina Sounds in February 1862. In May, however, when they occupied Norfolk and Suffolk to control both coastal Virginia and North Carolina, suddenly the war . . . — Map (db m18135) HM
Virginia, Franklin — UT-20 — Blackwater Line - Franklin
A major Blackwater River crossing was located here at Franklin during the Civil War. Confederate forces guarded the crossing from 1862 to the end of the war as part of the Blackwater defensive line. Several skirmishes were fought around the . . . — Map (db m69784) HM
Virginia, Franklin — U-131 — Camp Family Homestead
George Camp, Jr. (1793-1879) acquired this land in 1826. Several of his children incorporated the Camp Manufacturing Company in 1887 to operate sawmills. The company expanded into a wood product manufacturing company and later a paper mill. . . . — Map (db m69463) HM
Virginia, Franklin — Confederate Commissary CenterSwimming in Bacon
Before the Civil War erupted, Franklin became a regional transportation and commercial center for the Blackwater-Chowan River basin because the seaboard and Roanoke Railroad connected with steamship lines here. When the war began, the town . . . — Map (db m18133) HM
Virginia, Franklin — Confederate Monument
“Love makes memory eternal.” To our Confederate dead. — Map (db m114901) WM
Virginia, Franklin — U-126 — Franklin
Incorporated as a town in 1876, Franklin began as a Southampton County village in the 1830s. In October, 1862, during the Civil War, Union gunboats on the Blackwater River shelled the town and the railroad station. Several skirmishes occurred nearby . . . — Map (db m18144) HM
Virginia, Franklin — Franklin Memorial Park
Dedicated to those who gave their lives in defense of our state and our nation Originally a part of the James L. Camp homeplace, the park was given to the town of Franklin in 1946 by the children of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Camp. Rena . . . — Map (db m125377) WM
Virginia, Franklin — U-132 — Pauline Cauthorne Morton (1912-2004)
Pauline C. Morton, civic leader, graduated from what is now Virginia State University in 1933. She began working for the Virginia Department of Education in 1947, during the segregation era. Before retiring in 1974, she supervised home economics . . . — Map (db m118319) HM
Virginia, Franklin — Recovery and Progress
Franklin's location at the junction of a railroad and important water route offered opportunities that attracted new people, so the town rapidly recovered from the War. In 1866 the Albemarle steam Navigation Company was reorganized and the Seaboard . . . — Map (db m52133) HM
Virginia, Franklin — The Age of Gasoline(Franklin, Virginia)
Between 1907 and 1930 Franklin witnessed a revolution in transportation as gasoline-powered vehicles replaced the horse and buggy and steam- powered transportation. Even as Franklin benefited from a boom in buggy making during the first . . . — Map (db m51062) HM
Virginia, Franklin — The Age of Steam(Franklin, Virginia)
The conjunction of the Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad and the Blackwater River in 1835 made this site, then a swampy wilderness, a natural link between the towns of the Chowan and Albemarle Sound and points to the northeast. The . . . — Map (db m51216) HM
Virginia, Franklin — The Barretts: A Franklin Pioneer Family
In 1847 one of Franklin's most influential couples, Richard and Mary Rebecca Murfee Barrett, married and received a 260 acre farm from Mary's father, Simon. The couple built a house near the center of the new settlement and began . . . — Map (db m50456) HM
Virginia, Franklin — The Blackwater Line“That little stream has ... saved us”
To protect Richmond from a Union attack from Suffolk, Confederate authorities fortified the Blackwater River in 1862. You are standing on the Blackwater Line. The intermittent earthworks stretched fifty miles from north of Zuni to the North Carolina . . . — Map (db m18134) HM
Virginia, Franklin — War Comes to the Blackwater
During the first three years of the War Between the States, the Franklin railhead was the terminus of the Blackwater - Chowan corridor. The Confederate commissary used this route to deliver the millions of pounds of goods from eastern North Carolina . . . — Map (db m18146) HM

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May. 25, 2020