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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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Amherst County, VA (40) Appomattox County, VA (75) Bedford County, VA (43) Campbell County, VA (22) Lynchburg Ind. City, VA (235) Nelson County, VA (40) 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(40) Nelson County (40)  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 (40)  
      Rockbridge County (46)  
 
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1Virginia, Amherst County, Amherst — R-61 — Action at Tye River
On North Amherst Highway (U.S. 29) south of Ty River Road, on the right when traveling north.
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
Near East Court Street at Goodwin Street when traveling east.
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
On Kenmore Road (County Route 643) just east of Matohe Road and Father Judge Road (County Route 655), on the left when traveling west.
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) at East Court Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street.
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
On Gordons Fairgrounds Road (Virginia Route 777) 0.1 miles south of Richmond Highway (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling south.
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
On South Amherst Highway (Business U.S. 29) south of North Coolwell Road (County Route 663).
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) at Star Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street.
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) just north of Star Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) at East Court Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street.
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
On South Amherst Highway (U.S. 29) south of North Coolwell Road (County Route 663), on the right when traveling south.
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) just north of Star Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
On South Amherst Highway (U.S. 29) just south of Richmond Highway (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling north.
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
On South Main Street (U.S. 29) west of Star Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
On Patrick Henry Highway (Virginia Route 151) 0.2 miles south of Fletchers Level Road (Virginia Route 610), on the right when traveling north.
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
Near South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) just north of Star Street, on the left when traveling north.
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) at East Court Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street.
"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
On Gordons Fairground Roads (Virginia Route 777) 0.1 miles south of Richmond Highway (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling north.
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.
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) at East Court Street on South Main Street.
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) at East Court Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street.
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
On South Main Street (Business U.S. 29) at East Court Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street.
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
On Lexington Turnpike / Midland Trail (U.S. 60) at Blue Ridge Parkway and Panther Falls Road, on the right when traveling east on Lexington Turnpike / Midland Trail.
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
On Lexington Turnpike / Midland Trail (U.S. 60) at Blue Ridge Parkway and Panther Falls Road, on the right when traveling east on Lexington Turnpike / Midland Trail.
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
On Patrick Henry Highway (Virginia Route 151) north of Winton Road (County Route 736), on the right when traveling north.
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
On Richmond Highway (U.S. 60) west of Pidemont Road, on the left when traveling east.
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
On US 501 (U.S. 501) 3 miles east of VA 130 (Virginia Route 130), on the right when traveling east.
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
On US 501 (U.S. 501) 3 miles east of VA 130, on the right when traveling east.
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
On South Amherst Highway (Virginia Route 163) at River Road (County Route 685), on the right when traveling north on South Amherst Highway.
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
On Riverview Road (County Route 672) east of U.S. 29, on the left.
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
On Colony Road (Virginia Route 210) near Wright Shop Road (County Route 622), on the right when traveling south.
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
On Colony Road (Virginia Route 210) near South Amherst Highway (Virginia Route 163), on the left when traveling east. 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
On River Road just south of South Amherst Highway (U.S. 163), on the right when traveling south.
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
Near Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 63.6), 0.3 miles east of Lee Jackson Highway (U.S. 501), on the left when traveling south.
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
Near Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 63.6), 0.3 miles east of Lee Jackson Highway (U.S. 501), on the left when traveling south.
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
Near Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 63.6), 0.3 miles east of Lee Jackson Highway (U.S. 501), on the left when traveling south.
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
Near Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 63.6) near Lee Jackson Highway (U.S. 501), on the left when traveling south.
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
Near Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 63.6), on the left when traveling north.
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
On South Amherst Highway (Business U.S. 29) at Sweet Briar Road, on the right when traveling south on South Amherst Highway.
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
On Chapel Road just west of Sweet Briar Road, on the right when traveling west.
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
On Chapel Road just west of Elijah Road, on the right when traveling west.
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 —
On Chapel Road just west of Elijah Road, on the right when traveling west.
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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Jan. 27, 2023