Exploring Pittsylvania County’s history, with a focus on it’s veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.
Finding and preserving relics of the past through metal detecting. Excavated relics can add significantly to the history of our county and our metal detecting group can help recover and preserve these items in the context of their original historic locations.
Pittsylvania County formed in 1767, and assumed its present boundaries in 1776. It is the largest county in Virginia, consisting of about 983 square miles.
♦♦ New & Updated Pages ♦♦
- Danville’s Civil War Defences [added 10-30-15]
- Rev. James Beck’s excommunication from Strawberry Church [added 9-23-14]
- The Life and Senseless Murder of Joseph Edward Quisenberry [added 8-2-14]
- War of 1812 Soldiers [added 7-27-2014]
- Local Scearce/Scarce Civil War Soldiers [added 3-13-2014]
- Confederate Graves of Pittsylvania & Danville [updated 8-14-2014]
- Beck Tract: Finding the Rev. James Beck Graveyard [added 11-15-2013]
- Danville Arsenal Employees Killed at Staunton River Bridge [added 11-22-2013]
- Owen Adkins [updated 5-29-2013]
- Captain Robert McCulloch and the Danville Grays at Gettysburg [added 5-21-2013]
- Confederate Units of Danville & Pittsylvania County [added 4-24-2013]
The county was named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, British statesman and Prime Minister 1766 – 1768. Pitt was known as “The Great Commoner” due to his refusal to accept a title before 1766. Chatham opposed taxation without consent. The Townshend duties, taxing items such as glass, paper, and tea on their importation to America were in direct opposition to his principles, and were passed without his consent.
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