Fries (HM18OA)

Location: Fries, VA 24330 Grayson County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 42.812', W 80° 59.32'

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Fries is named for Colonel Francis H. Fries ofNorth Carolina, founder of the WashingtonMills Company. By 1900, Fries and hisassociates had determined that the New Rivercould power a textile mill. The town wasincorporated in 1902, and by the followingyear a dam, a textile mill, and 300 houseshad been built. The town of Fries is alsoknown for its early influence on countrymusic. Henry Whitter, a local employee atthe textile mill, traveled to New York Cityin Dec. 1923 and recorded the "Wreck on theSouthern Old 97" and "Lonesome Road Blues."Inspired by Whitter, local musicians Kelly Harrelland Ernest Stoneman also recorded songs.
HM NumberHM18OA
Marker NumberUE-2
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 2:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 501012 N 4063094
Decimal Degrees36.71353333, -80.98866667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 42.812', W 80° 59.32'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 42' 48.72" N, 80° 59' 19.20" W
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Area Code(s)276
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 Scenic Rd, Fries VA 24330, US
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