Gallihugh Landmarks

 

  Gallihugh Mountain - is located in the center of Madison County, Virginia, near Ruth. It is located (roughly) 2 miles west of 231 and 4 miles north of 230, or 2 miles north of White Oak Lake. If you take Aylor road to its end, you'll end up on Gallihugh Mountain. 4-wheel drive is necessary and it's even a little scary then with no place to turn around. I highly recommend parking your vehicle at the bottom and hiking up (and it's quite a workout). The mountain's elevation is 1540 feet with a 900 foot climb. Go to the Gallihugh Landmarks page to see pictures of Gallihugh Mountain and the family plot and cabin. If you would like to view maps of the mountain, type in "Gallihugh" at this site:www-nmd.usgs.gov/www/gnis/gnisform.html

My husband and I (and our German Shepherds) have climbed the mountain in 2001 and 2010. It is unbelievably steep. We had to stop several times to catch our breath. It is not recommend for anyone out of shape. It is so steep, that as you climb up, your feet slip from underneath you. But once you get to the top, it's worth it. See photo page for pictures. There is an old family cemetery located near the top on private property. Most of the headstones are field stones with no inscriptions.

"Gallihugh Top named around 1825 after Elijah Gallihugh, who purchased lands from the estate of Acrey Berry. Present Day Gallihugh Mountain" from Landgrants of Madison County Virginia 1722-1865. p. xxii

To read about a daring and frightening Jeep ride up the mountain, go to http://4x4icon.com/offroad/blakey_ridge_011202/index.htm

Gallihugh Cemetery - is located in Ruth, on Ruth road, a few miles from Gallihugh Mountain. It is very small, remote, and unmarked. There are 4 headstones, plus one small, blank marker, which was probably for an infant. The headstones are:

BERRY Larnie Almond 4/11/1898-8/31/1972 and Nina Utz 12/7/1892-1/23/1959

Virginia Ann Jenkins Berry 1859-1944

GALLIHUGH Minnie B 1/4/1892-9/17/1969 and Herbert L 5/12/1884-10/22/1976

GALLIHUGH Stewart R 9/18/1910-2/15/1984 and Alice Berry 6/8/1918-2/15/1994

Gallihugh Home - is located in Hood, on Rte 230. It was built before the civil war. John W Gallihugh and his wife, Jane Ellen Rose, lived there initially. Upon John's death, the house was owned by William Elwin Gallihugh and his wife, Martha Frances Huckstep. All of these folks are buried in a cemetery northeast of the house("Madison County Homes" by Vee Dove 1975). The house is now owned and occupied by the Smith family.

Gallihugh Cabin - is located at the foot of Gallihugh Mountain on Aylor road (3827 Aylor Rd Madison VA 22727) at the very end, right before you head up the Mountain. The cabin has a building next door for activities, including a small, outdoor pool. The cabin is no longer available for rent. 

If anyone has further information on either the mountain or the cemetery, please contact me. I would love to know more about these places.

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