A Belated Happy Birthday


Pittsylvania County celebrated its 250th birthday in 2017.

Formed in 1767 when separated from Halifax County, the county was named in honor of William Pitt, a member of Parliament who was sympathetic to the concerns of the colonies.

It is home.

I am reminded of something Henry Hurt said to me recently. “Why do we love this place so much?” he asked. “It’s not better than other places. It’s not even that different from other places. We love it,” he said, “because it is our place.”

So happy belated birthday to this place, that is my place.


2 thoughts on “A Belated Happy Birthday

  1. I just did a search, and couldn’t find another Pittsylvania in the U.S. There are plenty of Pittsburgs, of course. The one in PA is named after British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, but I’m not sure it’s the same person as your Pitt. I’ve been in Pittsburgh, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Texas, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh, California — but not in Pennsylvania.

    What’s that “sylvania” about? It must have something to do with the countryside, like a sylvan glade.

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