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 the American Revolution and member of Congress (1817-1819). The house burned in 1876. The Southside Railroad constructed the Six Mile Bridge here six miles east of Lynchburg in 1854. Confederate Fort Riverview was built nearby during the Civil War to guard this strategic structure. Southern Maj. Gen. Lunsford L. Lomax ordered the bridge destroyed near the end of the war; it was rebuilt soon after.
Geographic Location: Amherst County
Physical Description of Location: Madison Heights, VA 24572. Located on Riverview Road (Rt. 672), 0.5 miles east of the intersection of Riverview Road (Rt. 672) and I-29. Marker is on the left when traveling east on Riverview Road (Rt. 672).
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