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Fries, Virginia Historical Markers

 
New River Train Song and Fries Markers image, Touch for more information
By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2013
New River Train Song and Fries Markers
Virginia (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
Virginia (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
Virginia (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
Virginia (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 . . . — Map (db m65717) HM

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