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February 21, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part I

Traube Tavern, Old Buckingham Road

The December 6, 2018 post at Slate River Ramblings, “Buck and Game Road,” generated a lively conversation.

Click here to read the original post: Buck and Game Road

Today’s Old Buckingham Road starts in Midlothian, joining the current Hwy 60. After winding passed Powhatan County Courthouse, the road veers off towards Farmville. Several Slate River Ramblings readers attested that this highway, dotted with historic inns and houses, never went to or through Buckingham County.

Another blog follower pointed out that the exceptionally useful historic road orders, collected by the Virginia Highway Transportation & Research Council and originally edited by Nathaniel Mason Pawlett, contained no reference to a “Buck and Game Road.” These road orders do, however, contain references to “Buckingham Road” [1738–1748] in the relevant reports for Goochland County [1728-1744] and Albemarle County [1744–1748], the once much larger versions of these counties which encompassed today’s Buckingham County.

Slate River Ramblings reader Randy Crouse suggested that anyone interested in the history of the Buckingham Road should consult Agnes Evans Gish’s scholarly and definitive book: Virginia Taverns, Ordinaries and Coffee Houses: 18thEarly 19th Century Entertainment Along the Buckingham Road (Heritage Books, 2012).  I concur.

Then Randy Crouse shared some of his own research. . . .

Coming next: The Buckingham Road Revisited, Part II

4 Comments

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  1. Fran Harris-Hill / Feb 21 2019 9:38 am

    I agree. I, too, have researched this road and found much information in this book – Virginia Taverns, Ordinaries and Coffee Houses: 18th–Early 19th Century Entertainment Along the Buckingham Road (Heritage Books, 2012). Looking forward to the next article. Joanne, would like to see articles on the Taverns along this road. Thanks.

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 22 2019 5:55 am

      Fran,
      Many thanks for your comment. The taverns on the Old Buckingham Road are a pretty far ramble from Slate River but I’ll keep the subject in mind for future posts!
      Joanne

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