Notables

Edmund Pendleton
  • Birthday: September 9, 1721
  • Birthplace: Edmundsbury, outside Bowling Green
  • Date of Death: October 23, 1803
  • Buried: Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA
  • Known for:
    • 1st speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
    • Member, House of Burgesses from 1752 to 1776
    • Represented Virginia at the Continental Congress in 1774-1775
  • Historical Marker: Northbound 301, 0.2 miles north of Sparta Road
  • Links: U.S. History Online
John Penn
  • Birthday: May 17, 1741
  • Birthplace: Near Port Royal
  • Date of Death: September 14, 1788
  • Known for: Signer of the Declaration of Independence (for North Carolina)
  • Links:
William Clark
  • Birthday: August 1, 1770
  • Birthplace: Western Caroline County, near Ladysmith
  • Date of Death: September 1, 1838
  • Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, MO
  • Known for: The 1804-1806 expedition of the Midwest and Pacific Northwest with Meriwether Lewis
  • Historical marker: At the corner of Ladysmith Road and County Line Church Road
  • Links: Britannica online
York
  • Birthday: Sometime between 1770 and 1775
  • Birthplace: Believed to be at Clark family home near Ladysmith
  • Date of Death: Unknown
  • Known for: Accompanying Lewis and Clark on their expedition where he was the 1st African American to travel from coast to coast of the present United States of America
William Woodford
  • Birthday: October 6, 1734
  • Birthplace: Windsor, near the area of Rappahannock Academy
  • Date of Death: November 13, 1780
  • Known for:
    • Trusted officer of General George Washington
    • Waging the first Revolutionary War battle on Virginia soil (Battle of Great Bridge), where he was in command of the Second Regiment and won the Norfolk fort
  • Historical Marker: Southbound US 17, 0.5 miles south of Ware Creek Road
John Taylor
  • Birthday: December 19, 1753 Birthplace: Mill Hill, and later lived at Hazelwood outside Port Royal
  • Date of Death: August 21, 1824
  • Known for:
    • Author of political and agricultural literature including Arator, leading to being called the "father of American agriculture"
    • Served on the Virginia legislature between 1776 and 1800 as well as 3 terms in the U.S. Senate where he supported states' rights
  • Historical Marker: Northbound US 17, outside of Port Royal
  • Links: Independent Institute Online
George Armistead
  • Birthday: April 10, 1780
  • Birthplace: New Market Plantation, outside Bowling Green
  • Date of Death: April 25, 1818
  • Buried: Old St. Paul's Cemetery, Baltimore, MD
  • Known for:
    • Known as the "Guardian of the Star-Spangled Banner"
    • Ordering the raising of the American flag during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, which inspired the creation of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Secretariat
  • Birthday: March 30, 1970
  • Birthplace: Meadow Farm, Doswell, VA
  • Date of Death: October 4, 1989
  • Buried: Claiborne Farm, Paris, KY
  • Known for:
    • Set a world record at the 1973 Belmont Stakes with a time of 2:24 and winning by 31 lengths
    • Winner of the 1973 Triple Crown
  • Links:
Riva Ridge
  • Birthday: 1969
  • Birthplace: Claiborne Farm, Paris, KY
  • Date of Death: April 21, 1985
  • Known for:
    • 12th horse to become an equine millionaire
    • Stablemate of Secretariat at Meadow Farm
    • Won the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes (missed the Triple Crown by losing at the Preakness)
  • Links: Riva Ridge online