Virginia Department of Historic Resources OKs 13 new historical highway markers

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RICHMOND, Virginia — The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has approved 13 new historical highway markers, including one recognizing a Tangier Island preacher.

Joshua Thomas was known as "the parson of the islands" after he ferried clergymen from the mainland to the islands of the Chesapeake Bay. Thomas was a skilled waterman as a young man and be converted to Methodism in 1807. Thomas lived from 1776 to 1853.

Another pioneering clergyman is also being honored with a historical marker. The Rev. John Craig led the construction of the Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church and was a backcountry preacher west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He lived from 1709 until 1774. A historical marker is also being issued for the church he founded.

Other historical markers recognize African-American schools and a roadside diner.

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