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Sperryville J-31 | Marker History

Sperryville Marker, J-31

Laid out by Francis Thornton, Jr., in 1817, Sperryville survives as an upper Piedmont crossroads village. In the early 19th century John Kiger built Conestoga wagons here. By the 1850s two turnpikes (Thornton's Gap and Sperryville & Rappahannock) intersected here. In 1867, the Smoot family, of Alexandria, built a nearby tannery that closed in 1911. By that time, the town boasted four churches, five general stores, one hotel, six mills, numerous shops, a masonic hall, and a population of 350. Sperryville's wooden residences and visual charm have long made it a familiar stop for seasonal tourists to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1997
Region: Fredericksburg-Culpeper-Warrenton and Upper Piedmont Region
Geographic Location: Rappahannock County
Physical Description of Location: East corner of intersection between Main Street and Lee Highway (US 211), Piedmont, VA 22740. Marker is on right just prior to crossing bridge at T intersection with US 211.
GPS Location: 38.6589809920,-78.2301155180
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