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Radford Virginia Historical Markers

 
Connelly's Run Marker image, Touch for more information
By Mike Waldon, July 26, 2013
Connelly's Run Marker
Virginia, Radford — Connelly's Run
This branch of the New River dividing east and west Radford was named after James Connelly, an early pioneer and surveyor. In 1749, he helped to mark the path that became known as the Wilderness Road, today Rock Road south of the Park. . . . — Map (db m67126) HM
Virginia, Radford — K-70 — Ingles Ferry Road
As the population in the New River valley increased in the 18th century, the western branch of the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the backcountry of the Carolinas and Georgia crossed the region. The branch became known as the Wilderness Road. . . . — Map (db m41421) HM
Virginia, Radford — K-330 — Lovely Mount Baptist Church (First Baptist Church)
On 13 Nov. 1869, the Rev. Capt. Charles S. Schaeffer of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands met with the people of Lovely Mount (later Radford) and organized the Lovely Mount Baptist Church. In 1898, the congregation purchased . . . — Map (db m105051) HM
Virginia, Radford — Lovely Mount Tavern
Built by John Heavin on the Wilderness Road in 1796, the Tavern served as an Inn. A settlement, including a general store, blacksmith shop, saloon, and homes grew up around it. William Baskerville acquired the property in 1827 and operated a post . . . — Map (db m108119) HM
Virginia, Radford — New River Bridge Attack on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad
On May 10, 1864, the day after defeating Confederate forces in the bloody battle of Cloyd's Mountain, Union Gen. George Crook's Army of the Kanawha attacked and burned this railroad bridge over the New River. During the Civil War, the railroad was a . . . — Map (db m9514) HM
Virginia, Radford — K-65 — Radford
It originated as a railroad town in 1856 and was known as Central. In 1862-65 this section was in the range of Union raids; Confederates burned the bridge at Ingles Ferry to retard raiders. Incorporated in 1887 as a town, the place was incorporated . . . — Map (db m41420) HM
Virginia, Radford — Starnes
(side a) In 1746 “Frederick Stering (Staring) and two sons” were workers on a road “ordered” from the N. Fork of the Roanoke to the New River. Second son, Frederick Starn, Jr., “entered” 200a “below . . . — Map (db m41419) HM
Virginia, Radford — Wildwood Pool 1929-1964
For thirty-six years a swimming pool provided Radford with water recreation at this location in Wildwood Park, to give a place "in which to avoid bad habits." The opening of the pool and a dance on Independence Day in 1929 attracted 10,000 people . . . — Map (db m67123) HM

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