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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Amherst, 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 (77) Bedford County, VA (170) Campbell County, VA (22) Lynchburg Ind. City, VA (235) Nelson County, VA (44) Rockbridge County, VA (49)  AmherstCounty(40) Amherst County (40)  AppomattoxCounty(77) Appomattox County (77)  BedfordCounty(170) Bedford County (170)  CampbellCounty(22) Campbell County (22)  Lynchburg(235) Lynchburg (235)  NelsonCounty(44) Nelson County (44)  RockbridgeCounty(49) Rockbridge County (49)
Amherst is the county seat for Amherst County
Amherst is in Amherst County
      Amherst County (40)  
      Appomattox County (77)  
      Bedford County (170)  
      Campbell County (22)  
      Lynchburg (235)  
      Nelson County (44)  
      Rockbridge County (49)  
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1 Virginia, 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
2 Virginia, 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
3 Virginia, 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
4 Virginia, 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
5 Virginia, 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
6 Virginia, 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
7 Virginia, 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
8 Virginia, 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
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9 Virginia, 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
10 Virginia, 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
11 Virginia, 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
12 Virginia, 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
13 Virginia, 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
14 Virginia, 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
15 Virginia, 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
16 Virginia, 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
17 Virginia, 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
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18 Virginia, 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
19 Virginia, 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
20 Virginia, 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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Feb. 26, 2024