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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ararat, Virginia

 
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Location of Ararat, Virginia
    Patrick County (43)
    Carroll County (11)
    Floyd County (11)
    Franklin County (23)
    Henry County (8)
    Stokes County, North Carolina (19)
    Surry County, North Carolina (19)
 
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1Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — "Fields Of Valor"
On Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the right when traveling west.
This pattern is taken from "The Big Book of Civil War Quilts". Bold interplay of darks and lights brings to mind images of Civil War battles fought in fields divided by rail fences. Carol Hopkins dedicated this quilt to all soldiers who . . . Map (db m162892) HM
2Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — "Flora and Jeb"
Near Ararat Highway.
"His dear lady did not suffer me to quit the house until I had promised to watch over her husband in the hour of battle." The words of Maj. Heros von Borcke, one of Stuart's most famous staff officers, describe Flora's admonition to him as he and . . . Map (db m99882) HM
3Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — "Stuart the Commander"
Near Ararat Highway.
Maj. General Stuart's concept of command focused on one word - attack. If the enemy was before him, on his flank, or behind him, he had one response - attack. A saber in its scabbard was useless. It must be drawn and used to strike a blow, and . . . Map (db m99880) HM
4Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — "Stuart the Leader"
Near Ararat Highway.
"Jeb never says, 'Go boys,' but always 'Come, boys.'" In writing these words George Cary Eggleston of the 1st Virginia Cavalry summed up his commander's philosophy of leadership. Stuart never sent his men where he could not go and never asked them . . . Map (db m99881) HM
5Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — "Stuart the Raider"
Near Ararat Highway.
"Raiding with General Stuart is poor fun and a hard business. Thunder, lighting, rain, storm, mud, nor darkness can stop him when he is on a warm fresh trail of Yankee game." Horse artilleryman George M. Neese's opinion of Stuart following the . . . Map (db m99878) HM
6Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — "Stuart the Scout"
Near Ararat Highway.
He never brought me a "fat" piece information." Robert E. Lee's words, uttered upon his hearing of Stuart's death, were a fitting epitaph for "the eyes of the army." General Joseph E. Johnston, on his transfer to the war's western theater, wrote to . . . Map (db m99879) HM
7Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Elizabeth Stuart's Boxwoods
On Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) 0.5 miles west of Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
Local and oral tradition says that the large boxwoods before you were planted by Elizabeth Pannill Stuart, mother of J.E.B. Stuart. The Stuart's moved to this land about 1825 and lived here for a few years before building their home Laurel Hill, . . . Map (db m162904) HM
8Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Finding William Letcher's Home
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) 0.5 miles south of Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
One of the enduring mysteries in the preservation of Laurel Hill has been finding the location of William Letcher's home. Recent discoveries have shed some light on that question. In June of 2009, a number of students from Radford University, led by . . . Map (db m162907) HM
9Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Historic Roadbed
Near Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773).
The Historical Roadbed that you see before you dates from the earliest colonial times of what is now Patrick County. This road may have been in use as early as the 1750 period. Approximately one thousand feet of this historic road forms the eastern . . . Map (db m99841) HM
10Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — House Site
Near Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773).
The home of Archibald and Elizabeth Pannill Stuart was constructed on this site c. 1830. It was in this house that their most famous son. James Ewell Brown was born on February 6, 1833. Six other Stuart children would also be born in this house. Of . . . Map (db m99843) HM
11Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Laurel HillThe Birthplace of James Ewell Brown Stuart
On Ararat Highway (County Route 773), on the right when traveling south.
Laurel Hill, the 1,500-acre farm of Archibald and Elizabeth Letcher Pannill Stuart, was the birthplace of their seventh child, James Ewell Brown Stuart, at 11 a.m. on February 6, 1833. The house burned to the ground during the winter of 1847-48. . . . Map (db m54713) HM
12Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Laurel HillNational Register of Historic Places
On Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the right when traveling west.
Entered on the National Register of Historic Places on September 24, 1998 Entered on the Virginia Landmarks Register on January 23, 1998Map (db m162893) HM
13Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Laurel Hill
Near Ararat Highway.
Young James 1845 Allen F. Weldhaas 2000 LAUREL HILL "Although everyone deems his own home, a spot supremely blest, a dearer sweeter spot than all the rest." "Yet experience has taught me it is necessary to be deprived of it awhile in order . . . Map (db m169381) HM
14Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Life after William Letcher
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) at Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
After the murder of William Letcher in 1780, the history of the fifteen hundred acre farm that would become the birthplace and boyhood home of James Ewell Brown Stuart is complex, in some instances vague and uncertain. Shortly after her husband's . . . Map (db m162906) HM
15Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Native Americans At Laurel Hill
Near 1091 Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773).
The investigation of the Laurel Hill property by the College Of William and Mary's Center for Archaeological Research in 1993, revealed the presence of Native American activity on the crest during the Archaic and Woodland periods (c. 12000 BC to 900 . . . Map (db m99845) HM
16Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Z-260 — Patrick County / North Carolina
On Riverside Drive / Ararat Highway (Route 773), on the right when traveling north.
North Carolina North Carolina was one of the original thirteen states. The first settlement was made on Roanoke Island, 1585, but was not permanent. Settlers from Virginia occupied the Albemarle region before 1663, in which year the colony of . . . Map (db m54712) HM
17Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — Stuart Well
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) 0.5 miles west of Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the right when traveling west.
The hand dug water-well before you is believed to date to the Stuart occupancy which began about 1825 and ended in 1859. The well which still contains water, is rock lined and about twenty feet deep. This well was described in a 1935 Richmond Times . . . Map (db m162908) HM
18Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — KG-2 — Stuart's Birthplace
On Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling north.
To the west stood Laurel Hill (built about 1830), where Confederate Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart was born on 6 Feb. 1833 to Archibald Stuart, a lawyer and politician, and Elizabeth Letcher Pannill Stuart. The house burned in the winter . . . Map (db m54710) HM
19Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The "Lee" Tree
Near Ararat Highway.
This white oak tree is the offspring of the mighty white oak which stood in Hanover County, Virginia, for more than 400 years before being destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003 History relates it provided shade for Robert E. Lee and his staff . . . Map (db m99846) HM
20Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The Dellenback Family
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) 0.5 miles west of Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
In March of 1949 Charlie Melton Dellenback became owner of the 169 acre tract that was a small part of the original Laurel Hill farm. This land included the farmhouse built in 1895 by William A. Mitchell and his son John. The farm contained . . . Map (db m162903) HM
21Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The Grave of William Letcher
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) at Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
The Grave of William Letcher is the oldest in Patrick County with an inscription that reads: "In memory of William Letcher, who was assassinated in his own house in the bosom of his family by a Tory of the Revolution, on the 2nd day of August, . . . Map (db m162901) HM
22Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The Letcher Overlook
Near Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773) 0.3 miles south of State Line ROad (Virginia Route 617), on the right when traveling south.
Looking through the trees across the Ararat River you will see the grave site of William Letcher, an American patriot. William Letcher was born about 1750, and died in 1780 at the hands of a Tory by the name of "Nichols", who was later apprehended . . . Map (db m162897) HM
23Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The Slave Graveyard
On Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773) 0.5 miles south of State Line Road, on the right when traveling west.
This graveyard marks the final resting place of many African-American slaves who toiled at Laurel Hill during its existence. Although, slaves may have been present on the property prior to 1824, the first official indication of their presence . . . Map (db m162895) HM
24Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The Stuart Graveyard
Near Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773).
This small graveyard has presented a historical mystery. In 1855, Archibald Stuart, the father of General Stuart passed away and was buried in the graveyard before you. In July 1859, his wife, Elizabeth Pannill Stuart sold the property and in so . . . Map (db m99844) HM
25Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The Stuart Kitchen
Near Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773).
On this site, stood the outbuilding that served as the kitchen for the Stuart family. As was the custom in those days kitchens were housed in buildings separate from the main dwelling for protection against a fire that might erupt as a result of . . . Map (db m99842) HM
26Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — The William Letcher Grave
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) at Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
Enclosed by this fence, is the grave of William Letcher an American patriot. This is the oldest known marked grave within Patrick County. William Letcher was born about 1750, and married Elizabeth Perkins about 1778. The couple most likely settled . . . Map (db m162899) HM
27Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — William A. Mitchell Family
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) at Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
After the Stuart family sold the Laurel Hill farm in 1859 to Robert R. Galloway and Dr. Joseph Hollingsworth, except for the possibility for a few tenant farmers, the land sat mostly idle for the next twenty years. In 1879, Samuel Hill Taylor, . . . Map (db m162902) HM
28Virginia (Patrick County), Ararat — William Letcher
Near Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) 0.5 miles west of Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west.
William Letcher, the maternal great-grandfather of James Ewell Brown Stuart, was born about 1750 near Petersburg, Virginia. He was the second son of Giles Letcher of Goochland County, who was born in Ireland, and his wife, Hannah Hughes, who was of . . . Map (db m162905) HM
 
May. 6, 2021