No one knows what happened, but the tall silver and black historic marker recognizing “Fotheringay” the handsome, 18th century house of Montgomery County’s illustrious Revolutionary War Colonel George Hancock, disappeared.


Fotheringay stands on the straight stretch of Rt. 11 between Shawsville and Elliston. The marker designating one of the county’s most historically significant sites disappeared. Now, the community seeks to raise awareness and funds to replace it.

The house stands on the straight stretch of road between Elliston and Shawsville and, according to records from local newspapers, the marker did too until sometime between 2010 and 2011.

Now, the Meadowbrook Museum is raising awareness and funds to replace it.

“Since this marker is in our community, we feel strongly that it is something the museum should support,” Mary Hawley at the Meadowbrook Museum wrote in an announcement of the drive.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says there are more than 2,500 markers in Virginia erected to “commemorate people, places, or events of regional, statewide, or national significance,” but it’s not completely unknown for them to disappear.

“About five a year disappear in the state,” Randy Jones of the VDHR said. “They could be hit by cars and people cart them away. They’re not light things, though. You probably need somebody helping you. They weigh over a hundred pounds.”

Meadowbrook’s goal to replace the marker…



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