Charles City County, VirginiaThis area was one of the centers of Charles City's free black community before the Civil War and was named for Ruth Brown with the establishment of the post office in 1880. Abraham Brown, a major landowner of the area, founded Elam Church in 1810, one of the oldest regularly organized black Baptist churches in Virginia. His son, Reverend Samuel Brown was a prominent local minister. Following the Civil War local residents established a cooperative store, the Mercantile Cooperative Company, and two schools, Bull Field Academy (1881-1911) and the Ruthville Training Center (1911-30). A.Q. Franklin who served in the House of Delegates (1889-91) and W.S. Brown, first black member of the Board of Supervisors (1891-1904) were local residents. Dr. C.S. Franklin, a renowned dermatologist, resided at Cedar Grove. The area was formerly known as Vaidens Crossroads and included Vaidens Store and Boss Ferguson's Northwood Academy.
|Placed By||Charles City County|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:34am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 319133 N 4137556|
|Decimal Degrees||37.36711667, -77.04250000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 22.027', W 77° 2.55'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 22' 1.62" N, 77° 2' 33.00" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 13096-13198 State Rte 615, Charles City VA 23030, US|
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