Liberty Town

Liberty Town (HMM3H)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.046', W 77° 27.829'

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Seth Barton, 1755-1813, fought in the American Revolution, grew wealthy as a shipping merchant, and speculated in real estate. He laid out the subdivision that came to be called Liberty Town in 1812. He is buried at St. George's Church.

Henry Deane was born a slave in Powhatan County, but arrived in Fredericksburg in 1868 as a free man. He worked for several local businesses but also managed his own livery and speculated in real estate.

This small community, laid out on the edge of town in 1812, greeted overland travelers with a wagon yard, a livery, a blacksmith, and a tavern/hotel. The tavern was called Rising Sun (later the Western Hotel) and stood on Liberty Street, to your front. It burned down in 1836.

Fredericksburg annexed Liberty Town, in 1851, and established a burial ground. Initially called Potters Field, it was later referred to as the Colored Cemetery. In 1861, the town allowed the burial there of 51 Confederate soldiers who had succumbed to disease in nearby encampments.

After the Civil War, the town curtailed burials and this area developed as an African-American neighborhood. Many of the graves were removed to the Shiloh Cemetery (opened in 1882), while new houses and commercial enterprises filled the streetscapes. The Fredericksburg High School, to your left, has occupied a prominent site since 1919 and students still use its related athletic field.
HM NumberHMM3H
Placed ByThe Fredericksburg's Economic Development Authority
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 6:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284554 N 4242058
Decimal Degrees38.30076667, -77.46381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.046', W 77° 27.829'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 2.76" N, 77° 27' 49.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601 George St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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