Ararat, Virginia

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Ararat
Unincorporated community
Ararat is located in Virginia
Ararat
Ararat
Ararat is located in the US
Ararat
Ararat
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 36°35′56″N 80°30′38″W / 36.59889°N 80.51056°W / 36.59889; -80.51056Coordinates: 36°35′56″N 80°30′38″W / 36.59889°N 80.51056°W / 36.59889; -80.51056
Country United States
State Virginia
County Patrick
Government
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Ararat is an unincorporated community in Patrick County, Virginia, United States, south of the Blue Ridge Parkway and north of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Ararat is located near the Virginia/North Carolina state line about five miles north of Mount Airy, North Carolina and about 25 miles west of Stuart, Virginia. The community's name comes from the Ararat River which flows through the area.[1] The River takes its name from the Jefferson Fry Map of 1751, which calls Pilot Mountain part of the "Mountains of Ararat." The Saura Indian name for nearby Pilot Mountain in Surry County, North Carolina is "The Pilot" and the mountain reverted to that.[2] The large Monadnock mountain was thought to resemble a bullfrog and the Indians named it after the sound they thought it made "Ratratrat". Early white settlers thought what they were saying sounded like "Ararat," the mountain which, according to the Bible, was the landing point of Noah's Ark.

Blue Ridge Elementary School is located in the community.

Several famous people were born in the community, such as the Reverend Bob Childress;[3] "The Man Who Moved A Mountain," and James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart,[4] the Major General of Cavalry for Robert E. Lee during the American Civil War. Also, First Lieutenant Levi Barnard, eulogized by the band Old Crow Medicine Show in their song, "Levi".

The J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace, the Laurel Hill Farm,[5] is a preserved private park in the community that is open for self-guided tours daily and holds a Civil War encampment the first full weekend of October each year.

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