Virginia Highway Marker:
Whitmell P. Tunstall

Whitmell P. Tunstall Marker

Highway Marker Text

Whitmell P. Tunstall (L-48)

One mile east stands Belle Grove, the home of Whitmell Pugh Tunstall (1810-1854). Educated at Danville Academy and the University of North Carolina, Tunstall was admitted to the bar in 1832. He served in the House of Delegates (1836-1841; 1845-1848) and the Senate of Virginia (1841-1842). As a delegate representing Pittsylvania County, he fought for a decade to charter the Richmond and Danville Railroad (part of the present-day Norfolk Southern Railway). He served as the company's first president from 1847 until his death. Tunstall is buried at Belle Grove.

Department of Historic Resources, 1993


The marker was dedicated at a ceremony and reception sponsored by the Pittsylvania Historical Society at the 1813 Clerk's Office in Chatham at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 1993. Numerous descendants of Whitmell P. Tunstall were present.


The marker is located about one mile south of Chatham in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. It is on the east side of U. S. 29 at Tightsqueeze, just south of the Fairview Road intersection.

This webpage is sponsored by Mitchells Publications and the Sims-Mitchell House, Chatham, Virginia.