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Grayson County Virginia Historical Markers

 
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By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2013
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Virginia (Grayson County), Elk Creek — KC-10 — Caty Sage
Nearby was the home of James and Lovice Sage, whose five-year-old daughter Caty was abducted in 1792. Fifty–six years later her brother Charles located her in eastern Kansas after a Wyandots Indian told him that a woman named . . . — Map (db m65758) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Elk Creek — U-23 — Payton Guyn Hale
Bork in Elk Creek, Virginia, June 29, 1821, member of the House of Delegates, 1874–1877, member state Senate, 1879-1882. One of the “Big Four,” a group which resisted many proposals of the Readjusters. Died in Elk Creek, December . . . — Map (db m65760) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Fries — UE-7 — “New River Train” Song
The original “New River Train” song was claimed by the Ward family of Galax as part of their repertoire as early as 1895. The song was believed to refer to the train that ran on the New River Line in 1883 as part of the Norfolk and . . . — Map (db m65723) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Fries — UE-5 — First Court of Grayson County
Near here in the barn of William Bourne, was held the first court of this county, May 21, 1793. — Map (db m65737) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Fries — UE-2 — Fries
Fries is named for Colonel Francis H. Fries of North Carolina, founder of the Washington Mills Company. By 1900, Fries and his associates had determined that the New River could power a textile mill. The town was incorporated in 1902, and by . . . — Map (db m65695) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Fries — UE-6 — FriesCenter of Early Recorded Country Music
On 10 Dec. 1923, millhand Henry Whitter of Fries, Virginia, recorded nine songs in New York City for OKeh Records. Released early in 1924, the coupling of “Wreck on the Southern Old 97” and “Lonesome Road Blues” became . . . — Map (db m65717) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Galax — Z-250 — Grayson County Virginia / North CarolinaArea 425 Square Miles /                        
Grayson County Virginia. Area 425 square miles. Formed in 1792 from Wythe. Named for William Grayson, one of the firsrt two United States Senators from Virginia. Headwaters of the New River are in this county. North Carolina. North . . . — Map (db m104660) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — U-22 — Independence
This place became the county seat of Grayson County in 1850; the first case was tried in the newly erected courthouse in 1851. The present courthouse was built in 1908. Independence was incorporated in 1934. — Map (db m65763) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — Independence — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Independence. Grayson County is noted for traditional music and altitude. Four of Virginia’s five highest mountains are to be found here. In 1850 Grayson County was in the midst of controversy concerning the location of the county seat. As a . . . — Map (db m72616) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Mouth of Wilson — Grayson County — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Grayson County. Western Grayson County has produced fine traditional musicians, performers at school entertainments, fiddlers’ conventions, and community gatherings for many generations. Among them was the old-time string band, the Rugby Gully . . . — Map (db m70778) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Mouth of Wilson — John Deere Mower Model 2
Designed and pioneered in the 1890’s. First manufactured by John Deere in 1911, commonly known as a “horse drawn hay” mowing machine. — Map (db m65765) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Oldtown — U-25 — First County Seat
Here at Old Town, in 1794, was built the first courthouse of Grayson County. The land was donated by Flower Switft. A second courthouse was built in 1838. The county seat was removed to Independence about 1850. — Map (db m65691) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Whitetop — UE-10 — “Virginia Creeper” Railroad
The Abingdon Branch of the Norfolk & Western Railway was nicknamed the “Virginia Creeper,” likely for the train’s slow speed through this mountainous region. Initially chartered by the Abingdon Coal & Iron Railroad in 1887, little . . . — Map (db m65773) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Whitetop — Christmas Tree Farms
The national demand for commercial Christmas trees has brought a new look to the highest mountains of Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Billion of dollars worth of Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) plantations produce regular crops of Christmas trees . . . — Map (db m72520) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Whitetop — UE-9 — White Top Folk Festival
The White Top Folk Festival was held annually from 1931 to 1939, (except 1937) on Whitetop Mountain—the second highest peak in Virginia. Annabel Morris Buchanan, John Powell, and John A. Blakemore organized the event that featured banjo . . . — Map (db m65774) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Whitetop — WhitetopMt. Rogers — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Whitetop, Mt. Rogers. Visible at great distances, Whitetop Mountain was known as the “Meadow Mountain” in colonial times. With a climate similar to southern Canada, this beloved mountain is Virginia’s second highest peak and . . . — Map (db m71555) HM

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