William Byrd's 1728 Camp Historic Marker

Marker Commemorating Byrd's November 1728 Camp
Marker Commemorating Byrd's November 1728 Camp
U.S. Route 220 (less than half mile from NC border)
Ridgeway, VA 24148
Region Southern Virginia
Locality Henry
Phone: (276) 403-5940
Fax: (276) 403-5941
Email Tourism@VisitMartinsville.com
Website www.surveyhistory.org/va_&_nc_bounary_line.htm

Along the narrow grassy stretch of median between the four lanes of U.S. Route 220 within sight of the North Carolina border, travelers might get a quick glance of a historic marker. This marker commemorates a moment in Colonial History when this area was indeed on the frontier and it was a moment when the Virginia-North Carolina border was officially established. Prior to 1728, there was growing confusion along the border area of the frontier as to where someone might reside: the Colony of Virginia or North Carolina. Each colony appointed commissioners/surveyors who traveled and marked the boundary in 1728. William Byrd II was a Virginia Commissioner who later had his diary of the journey published - now regarded as a classic literary work. Read the diary on websites, as below, to gain a historic perspective of this area.

Last Updated: 1/6/2012 2:34 PM
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