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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Amherst County, Virginia

Clickable Map of Amherst County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Amherst County, VA (40) Appomattox County, VA (75) Bedford County, VA (43) Campbell County, VA (22) Lynchburg Ind. City, VA (235) Nelson County, VA (41) Rockbridge County, VA (46)  AmherstCounty(40) Amherst County (40)  AppomattoxCounty(75) Appomattox County (75)  BedfordCounty(43) Bedford County (43)  CampbellCounty(22) Campbell County (22)  Lynchburg(235) Lynchburg (235)  NelsonCounty(41) Nelson County (41)  RockbridgeCounty(46) Rockbridge County (46)
Amherst is the county seat for Amherst County
Adjacent to Amherst County, Virginia
      Appomattox County (75)  
      Bedford County (43)  
      Campbell County (22)  
      Lynchburg (235)  
      Nelson County (41)  
      Rockbridge County (46)  
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1Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — R-61 — Action at Tye River
On 11 June 1864, about 800 yards east, the Botetourt Battery prevented the destruction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad bridge across the Tye River. This bridge was an important part of the Confederate railroad network for the movement of . . . Map (db m10227) HM
2Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Amherst County Confederate Soldiers Monument
Confederate Soldiers 1861 - 1865 To the memory of The Sons of Amherst County who from 1861 to 1865 upheld in arms the cause of Virginia and the South, who fell in battle or died from wounds, and survivors of the war who as . . . Map (db m67324) WM
3Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — R-52 — Bear Mountain Indian Mission School
Bear Mountain is the spiritual center of the Monacan community. The Bear Mountain Indian Mission School, ca. 1868, was originally built for church services and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Virginia’s racial segregation . . . Map (db m104369) HM
4Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Beirut-LebanonOctober 23, 1983
Amherst County man killed in the bombing of the Marine Headquarters. Michael D. Fulcher of Madison Heights Corporal Fulcher is honored and remembered by all the Amherst County area as the only local of the 241 service members killed . . . Map (db m179513) HM WM
5Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — R-26 — Central High School
Amherst County opened Central High School here in 1956 to serve African American students. The school, established at the same time as the all-white Amherst County High School, was built in an effort to create "separate but equal" facilities despite . . . Map (db m179501) HM
6Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — R-22 — James River Batteau
Near here lived Anthony and Benjamin Rucker, inventors of the James River batteau, which superseded the double dugout canoe and rolling road for transporting tobacco hogsheads. These long (about 50 or 60 feet), double-ended vessels dominated . . . Map (db m46342) HM
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7Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Kearfortt-Wood House
The Amherst County Museum is currently located in a Georgian Revival home built in 1907. It was built by a local pharmacist, Mr. Kearfott, who had his business at the same location as the former Amherst Pharmacy on Main Street. Mr. Kearfott and . . . Map (db m179525) HM
8Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Old Milepost
The Museum, working with the Virginia Department of Transportation, arranged for the Museum's acquisition of this rare highway milepost. In May 2003, the cast concrete obelisk, approximately 2 feet tall and 10 inches square, was moved from . . . Map (db m179524) HM
9Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — POW-MIA Memorial
Since World War I, more than 92,000 American Soldiers are unaccounted for. This bench is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and women and the sacrifices each made in serving this country. God Bless You. God Bless America. You . . . Map (db m179510) WM
10Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — R-21 — Rucker’s Chapel
Nearby stood Rucker’s Chapel, one of the first Anglican (present-day Episcopal) churches in Amherst County. Also known as Harris Creek Church and later as St. Matthew’s, the church was founded by Col. Ambrose Rucker before 1751. It stood on part of . . . Map (db m46350) HM
11Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — The Amherst County Bateau / The Thornhill Wagon
The Amherst County Bateau Anthony Rucker of Amherst County invented the James River bateau, which was patented in 1821. Thomas Jefferson described one of Rucker's boats as 50 feet long by 6 feet wide with a 13.5-inch draft. a bateau could . . . Map (db m179522) HM
12Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — The Amherst Depot
The first depot in Amherst (then known as Dearborn) was built in the late 1800s for the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. This depot would be replaced in November 1913 by the Southern Railway when it took over the O&A and expanded its operation in . . . Map (db m179495) HM
13Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — R-23 — The Courage of Frank Padget
Heavy rains early in 1854 left the James River and the treacherous Balcony Falls in full flood. On 21 January the towrope of the canal boat, Clinton, snapped. Washed over the Mountain Dam and through successive falls, its passengers became . . . Map (db m96744) HM
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14Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — The Reverend Robert Rose1704-1751
To honor The Reverend Robert Rose 1704-1751 First Minister of St. Ann’s Parish in Old Albermarle County 1747-1751 This tablet commemorates the establishment by him of St. Mark’s Church at Maple Run 1748 To the present site, in . . . Map (db m122978) HM
15Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Thomas "Tom" Nelson Burford1935 - 2020
An orchardist and champion of heritage apples, Tom traced his roots to seven generations of apple growers in Amherst and Nelson counties. He was born in Amherst County where he was a lifelong resident and partner in Burford Brothers. Tom shared his . . . Map (db m179521) HM
16Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Veterans Memorial
"Acknowledging heroic acts of men and women who have fallen in freedom's battles through our thoughts, prayers, deeds, and institutions is a necessity to sustain democracy for future generations."Map (db m179515) WM
17Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Veterans Memorial Trees
In Honor of: SSgt Gregory C. Dayne USAF August 1969 - December 1975 Vietnam War In Memory of: LTC Eric M. Gouldthorpe US Army July 1974 - January 2018 Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Enduring Freedom Layed to rest at . . . Map (db m179498) WM
18Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — Vietnam MemorialAll gave some, some gave all. Gone, but not forgotten.
PFC Roger L. Floyd, US Army 8·11·1941 - 11·12·1965 • SP4 Raymond M. Thompson US Army 2·12·1944 - 8·25·1966 • PFC Harvey Johnson III, US Army 3·24·1947 - 11·21·1966 • SP4 Harry W. Branham, . . . Map (db m179512) WM
19Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — World War I Memorial
In Memory of Those from Amherst County Who Paid the Ultimate Price for Our Freedoms in World War I Felix Longdale Bandon (1890-1918) Pvt. Machine Gun Co. 38th Inf. • John Rubin . . . Map (db m179518) WM
20Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — World War II Memorial
To the honor and glory of those who bravely served to keep our country a land of freedom, this monument is to honor all those veterans of Amherst County who served their country in WWII.Map (db m179509) WM
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21Virginia, Amherst County, Buena Vista — Z-138 — Amherst County / Rockbridge County
Amherst County. Area 470 Square Miles. Formed in 1781 from Albemarle, and named for Jeffrey, Lord Amherst, British commander in the French and Indian War. Balcony Falls are in this county. Rockbridge County. Area . . . Map (db m49888) HM
22Virginia, Amherst County, Buena Vista — R-59 — Constitution Forest
In 1938, the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the United States Constitution, the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the planting of Constitution Forest in this area. With the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps and . . . Map (db m49885) HM
23Virginia, Amherst County, Clifford — R-60 — Grave of Patrick Henry’s Mother
In the grove of trees some hundreds of yards to the west is the grave of Sarah Winston (Henry), mother of Patrick Henry, who died in November, 1784.Map (db m123090) HM
24Virginia, Amherst County, Gladstone — Z-137 — Nelson County / Amherst County
Nelson County. Area 473 Square Miles. Formed in 1807 from Amherst, and named for General Thomas Nelson, Governor of Virginia, 1781. Oak Ridge, an old home, is in this county. Amherst County. Area 470 Square . . . Map (db m86235) HM
25Virginia, Amherst County, Glasgow — Z-19 — Amherst County / Rockbridge County
Amherst County. Area 470 Square Miles. Formed in 1781 from Albemarle, and named for Jeffrey, Lord Amherst, British commander in the French and Indian War. Balcony Falls are in this county. Rockbridge County. Area . . . Map (db m65461) HM
26Virginia, Amherst County, Glasgow — Z-119 — The Courage Of Frank Padget
Heavy rains early in 1854 left the James River and the treacherous Balcony Falls, south of this site, in full flood. On 21 January the towrope of the canal boat, Clinton, snapped. Washed over the Mountain Dam and through successive falls, its . . . Map (db m66946) HM
27Virginia, Amherst County, Madison Heights — Z-17 — Amherst County / Campbell County
Amherst County. Area 470 Square Miles. Formed in 1761 from Albemarle, and named for Jeffrey, Lord Amherst, British commander in the French and Indian War. Balcony Falls are in this county. Campbell County. Area 557 . . . Map (db m46431) HM
28Virginia, Amherst County, Madison Heights — K-148 — Buffalo Lick Plantation
Patented in 1742 by John Bolling, Jr., the 2,735-acre Buffalo Lick Plantation tract along the James River includes three notable historic sites. One mile southeast stand the ruins of Mount Athos, the home of William J. Lewis, an officer in . . . Map (db m46354) HM
29Virginia, Amherst County, Madison Heights — I-5 — Central Virginia Training Center
Established in 1910 as the Virginia State Epileptic Colony, the center admitted its first patients in May 1911. The facility originally served persons with epilepsy and began accepting individuals with mental retardation in 1913. Due to the new . . . Map (db m46394) HM
30Virginia, Amherst County, Madison Heights — R-4 — Lynchburg Defenses Reported damaged
During the Civil War, a line of trenches and fortified artillery positions extending past here were built late in 1863 to defend Lynchburg against attack from the north. Brig. Gen. Francis T. Nicholls was responsible for ensuring that the local . . . Map (db m156359) HM
31Virginia, Amherst County, Madison Heights — Williams Viaduct
This bridge was erected by Norfolk & Western Railway Co., Chesepeake & Ohio Railway Co., Southern Railway Co., City of Lynchburg, Va. Begun 1916. Completed 1918. Bridge Commissioners Ernest Williams, Chairman; William King, Jr.; John P. Pettyjohn.Map (db m46534) HM
32Virginia, Amherst County, Monroe — A Lock Canal / A Lift Lock
A Lock Canal When a river was too swift or shallow for navigation, shippers used canals with lift locks. The canals paralleled the river, using it as a water source. (image) (not to scale) river surface, canal and lock sites. . . . Map (db m137538) HM
33Virginia, Amherst County, Monroe — Battery Creek Lock1851-1880
This lift lock, built in 1848, is 15 feet wide, 21 feet deep top to bottom, and 100 feet between gates. It lowered or lifted boats 13 feet allowing them passage to and from the river. The bottom is covered with original pine planking and walls are . . . Map (db m137528) HM
34Virginia, Amherst County, Monroe — Battery Creek LockAs It May Have Looked in the Mid 1800's
Canal Water was obtained from a dam on the James River six miles upstream. Battery Creek (under the present railroad bridge) did not flow into the canal as is does today. Since it is now the only water source for the restored lock, the water level . . . Map (db m137536) HM
35Virginia, Amherst County, Monroe — The Lock Gate
These handles open or closed sluice gates which admitted water to lock. When water level was equalled on both sides of gates they were opened by pushing on lever arms. Gates closed at an angle pointing upstream so water pressure sealed . . . Map (db m137539) HM
36Virginia, Amherst County, Monroe — Water Gap
The James River flows through the mountains at this location, creating a water gap in the Blue Ridge. This type of formation is characteristic of Appalachian geography. The Blue Ridge forms the eastern wall of the Appalachian Mountain system from . . . Map (db m161498) HM
37Virginia, Amherst County, Sweet Briar — R-20 — Sweet Briar CollegeChartered 1901
This liberal arts college for women, opened in 1906, granted its first Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1910. Established under the will of Indiana Fletcher Williams as a memorial to her only daughter, Daisy, the college is located on a 2800-acre . . . Map (db m86140) HM
38Virginia, Amherst County, Sweet Briar — Sweet Briar HouseThe Founders' Heritage at Sweet Briar College
This Italianate villa was the home of College founder Indiana Fletcher Williams from sometime in the 1840s until her death in 1900. When the family acquired the property, it featured a modest modest brick house known as Locust Ridge. The . . . Map (db m179528) HM
39Virginia, Amherst County, Sweet Briar — Sweet Briar Plantation Slave CabinAfrican-American Heritage at Sweet Briar College
Historical and architectural evidence suggests this cabin house enslaved and free African Americans both before and after the Civil War. It has been in continuous use since it was constructed around 1840. More than two dozen cabins once stood on . . . Map (db m179532) HM
40Virginia, Amherst County, Sweet Briar — The Boxwood Alumnae HouseSweet Briar College — Always Ahead Of Its Time —
The Boxwood Alumnae House was built on Elijah Road in 1920 as an Inn for guests on campus. Converted into a small dormitory in the nineteen sixties in response to increased enrollment at the College, it was later renovated through the kind . . . Map (db m179533) HM
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Mar. 26, 2023