Farley's Wayside: Walker's Creek, VA108, Bane, VA.
Thomas Farley Sr Wayside Memorial
Walker's Creek, VA State Hwy 108
Bane, Giles County, Virginia
"Thomas Farley, Sr.
A Revolutionary soldier, was buried near this site in 1796. His services, extending over twenty years, include;
About 250,000 men served in Continental Army, Navy, Marine, and militia forces during the American Revolution. By and large, the bulk of them men are known today only by genealogists and ardent students of American history.
Thomas Farley Sr died October 22, 1796 just three days short of his 66th birthday, a long life for the era. He participated in some of the seminal activities that formed the spirit and the will of those that would eventually bring around a new republic.
Researching some of the events noted on this tablet brings into focus the duplicity of the British Crown as it related to the Colonies, especially the actions of Lord Dunmore.
Col. John Stuart, the first Clerk of Greenbrier County, wrote his thoughts about the Battle of Point Pleasant in the first pages of the Country Record...
"The battle of Point Pleasant was in fact the beginning of the Revolutionary War, that obtained for our county the liberty and independence enjoyed by the United States, for it is well known that the Indians were influenced by the British to commence the war to terrify and confound the people, before they commenced hostilities themselves the following year at Lexington. It was thought by British politicians that to incite an Indian war would prevent a combination of the colonies for opposing parliamentary measures to tax Americans. The blood therefore spilt upon this memorable battlefield will long be remembered by the good people of Virginia and the United States with gratitude." *
His service under General McIntosh must have been interesting. McIntosh had a checkered past, which included a duel in which he was wounded and at which his bullet wounded and killed a signer of The Declaration of Independence, Burton Gwinnett!
The Captain Patton named on the plaque isn't clear. There are two or three possibilities as to whom this refers. But, in each case, it's fairly likely that Farley would have been fighting in the Carolinas.
Most that use this wayside park probably won't even stop to read the tablet inscription. They will enjoy the creekside view and the cool breeze under the trees, but they will remain ignorant of why the wayside was created to honor a Patriot.