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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Grayson County, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Grayson County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Grayson County, VA (27) Carroll County, VA (13) Galax Ind. City, VA (4) Smyth County, VA (27) Washington County, VA (34) Wythe County, VA (33) Alleghany County, NC (8) Ashe County, NC (5) Surry County, NC (19) Johnson County, TN (8)  GraysonCounty(27) Grayson County (27)  CarrollCounty(13) Carroll County (13)  (4) Galax (4)  SmythCounty(27) Smyth County (27)  WashingtonCounty(34) Washington County (34)  WytheCounty(33) Wythe County (33)  AlleghanyCountyNorth Carolina(8) Alleghany County (8)  AsheCounty(5) Ashe County (5)  SurryCounty(19) Surry County (19)  JohnsonCountyTennessee(8) Johnson County (8)
Adjacent to Grayson County, Virginia
    Carroll County (13)
    Galax (4)
    Smyth County (27)
    Washington County (34)
    Wythe County (33)
    Alleghany County, North Carolina (8)
    Ashe County, North Carolina (5)
    Surry County, North Carolina (19)
    Johnson County, Tennessee (8)
 
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1Virginia (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 Yourowquains, with . . . Map (db m65758) HM
2Virginia (Grayson County), Elk Creek — U-23 — Peyton 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
3Virginia (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
4Virginia (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
5Virginia (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
6Virginia (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 one of the first . . . Map (db m65717) HM
7Virginia (Grayson County), Galax — Z-250 — Grayson County Virginia / North Carolina
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 . . . Map (db m104660) HM
8Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — Grayson County Confederate Monument
1861 - 1865 Virginia To our Soldiers of the Confederacy Grayson CountyMap (db m158001) WM
9Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — Grayson County CourthouseVirginia Historic Landmark
Grayson County Courthouse has been registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Act of 1966Map (db m158005) HM
10Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — Grayson County War Memorial
Grayson County, VA. In memory of those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice in World Wars I and II World War I Lee Adams • John A. Farmer • Estell L. Kiser • Guy Richardson • Warrick Anders • Everett M. Guynn • Posey L. Lamkin • Munsey . . . Map (db m158002) WM
11Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — Grayson's First Muster Roll While Part of Montgomery County, VARevolutionary War
[side 1]List of persons who hath sworn allegiance to the State in 1777We whose names are hereunto subscribed to swear or affirm that we renounce and refuse all allegiance to George III, King of Great Britain, his heirs and successors, . . . Map (db m174491) HM WM
12Virginia (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
13Virginia (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
14Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — The G.A.T.E. CenterGrayson Agriculture & Technical Education Center
Grayson County Board of Supervisors Brenda R. Sutherland — Chair • Elk Creek District Kenneth R. Belton — Vice Chair • Old Town District Michael S. Hash • Providence District G. Eddie Rosenbaum • Wilson District John S. Fant • At-large . . . Map (db m174489) HM
15Virginia (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
16Virginia (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
17Virginia (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
18Virginia (Grayson County), Volney — Interpreter's Cabin — Grayson Highlands State Park —
This log cabin was originally built by the Pendry family on nearby Shippies Branch. It was moved into the park in 1973 and restored. The oak logs and natural stone chimney have been chinked with clay and the roof is of hand-rived oak shingles. The . . . Map (db m162835) HM
19Virginia (Grayson County), Volney — Jones Homestead — Grayson Highlands State Park —
The land where the picnic and cabin areas are today was once the homestead of William Marshal Jones and his family. Their homesite was adjacent to the creek, just across the old stone bridge. William Jones and his wife, Eunnace Phipps, were married . . . Map (db m162845) HM
20Virginia (Grayson County), Volney — Rock House Ridge Trail — Grayson Highlands State Park —
This trail goes .6 mile along Rock House Ridge to a meadow offering a view of the Mill Creek and Rugby areas. The trail then loops back to the homestead area where there are several log cabins and outbuildings from the late 1800s and the early . . . Map (db m162839) HM
21Virginia (Grayson County), Volney — Spencer Cabin — Grayson Highlands State Park —
This cabin was originally located on park property south of Route 58. It is named after William Glen and Hester Spencer, who lived in it from 1936 until Hester's death in 199O. Spencer Cabin was built by John Calvin Ingram in the early 1900's. . . . Map (db m162843) HM
22Virginia (Grayson County), Volney — Spring House — Grayson Highlands State Park —
Early settlers used a very simple, effective way to refrigerate vegetables and dairy products... the cold, sweet waters of an underground spring. Coming from deep within the mountains, the cold water ran constantly even during the hot summer . . . Map (db m162842) HM
23Virginia (Grayson County), Volney — Weavers Cabin — Grayson Highlands State Park —
The logs in this cabin were taken from one built by Grant Weaver near Mud Creek in 1902. It is believed that Mr. Weaver took some of the logs from another older dwelling and that this lumber is 150 years old. The cabin is constructed mainly of . . . Map (db m162840) HM
24Virginia (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
25Virginia (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
26Virginia (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 players, . . . Map (db m65774) HM
27Virginia (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
 
Jul. 26, 2021