Hickey’s Road, first laid off by court order in 1749, followed this general path. Named after John Hickey, a merchant who operated a store at its western limits and peddled his wares along its length, the road stretched more than 100 miles from Halifax County, past Mt. Airy and Chalk Level in Pittsylvania, and into Chatham before proceeding westward to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A major thoroughfare home to many stores and ordinaries, the road played a major role in European settlement in Southside Virginia in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/21/2012
Year On Marker: 2012
Original Sponsor: Betty S. Camp; Thomas Carter Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Milly I. Casey; Henry Corbin Chapter, National Society of Colonial Dames of America XVII Century; James River Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; H. Victor Millner, Jr.; Pittsylvania County Historical Society; Shirley Primiano; Margaret Smith; Virginia Society Daughters of the American Revolution Regents’ Club, District III
Geographic Location: Pittsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: Junction of Virginia 40 (E Gretna Rd) and Hickeys Road, Callands-Gretna, Pittsylvania, VA 24557. Marker is on right when traveling east on Virginia 40.
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