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Gravel Hill
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member archway
N 37° 26.206 W 077° 15.349
18S E 300426 N 4145715
Quick Description: A Henrico County historical marker located at Gravel Hill Community Center.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/25/2009 6:40:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM72YV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
Views: 2

Long Description:
The area near Gravel Hill Community Center, specifically to the southwest, was the location of the First Battle of Deep Bottom, which took place in July, 1864 as part of the Siege of Petersburg. Grant successfully used this battle to weaken Lee's defenses in Petersburg. The Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock and Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan marched along Long Bridge Road on July 27, 1864.

The history of Gravel Hill predates the Civil War and is described on the marker as follows:

Following a successful case before the Virginia Court of Appeals in 1777, the slaves of John Pleasants were allowed to follow the dictates of his 1771 will and were freed. His son, Robert Pleasants, then gave seventy-eight former slaves 350 acres of his plantation. A community developed known as "Gravelly Hill". Here in 1801, a Quaker school for blacks was established, and following the Civil War, the Gravel Hill Baptist Church was founded. Gravel Hill Community Center, C. 1930, once a public school, became a facility operated by Henrico County in 1970.

Marker Number: HC-17

Marker Title: Gravel Hill

Marker Location: Henrico County, VA

County or Independent City: Henrico County

Web Site: [Web Link]

Marker Program Sponsor: Henrico County

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