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Whitmell P. Tunstall L-48 | Marker History

Whitmell P. Tunstall Marker, L-48

One mile east stands Belle Grove, the home of Whitmell Pugh Tunstall (1810-1854). Educated at Danville Academy and the University of North Carolina, Tunstall was admitted to the bar in 1832. He served in the House of Delegates (1836-1841; 1845-1848) and the Senate of Virginia (1841-1842). As a delegate representing Pittsylvania County, he fought for a decade to charter the Richmond and Danville Railroad (part of the present-day Norfolk Southern Railway). He served as the company's first president from 1847 until his death. Tunstall is buried at Belle Grove.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1993
Region: Southside Region
Geographic Location: Pittsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: US 29, Chatham, VA 24531. Marker is on right when traveling north on US 29, about 2 miles south of interchange with Halifax Road (Virginia 57).
GPS Location: 36.7880015880,-79.39375617
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