Southampton County was formed in 1749 from Isle of Wight County, a part of Nansemond County was added later. The county was either named for the English borough of Southampton or for Henry Wriothesley, third earl of Southampton. In Aug. 1831, a slave rebellion took place here led by preacher and slave Nat Turner. Confederate General and Virginia U.S. senator William Mahone (1826-1895) lived a portion of his life here. The county seat is Courtland, formerly called Jerusalem.
Date Approved by DHR: 09/09/03
Year On Marker: 2003
Geographic Location: Sussex County
Physical Description of Location: 19146-19198 Jerusalem Plank Road (State Highway 35), Courtland, VA 23837. Marker is on right when traveling south on 35.
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