Andrew W. Day Place

Location: On Guest River near the Hopkins Chapel, on the north side of the river and near the present Emmett Day home.

Date: 1830

Owners: Andrew W. Day acquired the land before the county of Wise was formed and it is still in the possession of his grand-son, Emmet Day.

Description: The Andrew W. Day home was a small one room log cabin, board covered with a lean-to kitchen and stone chimney. Nearby this house was his saw mill. The mill was run by water power from a dam across
Guest River. This was one of the very earliest mills in the vicinity and was the sash type. No vestige of the house or mill remain.

Historical Significance: Andrew W. Day was a son of Joseph Day of Carroll County, VA. He early emigrated to this county with his sister, Penelope, who married Lewis Roberts. He cleared land and built his cabin near
the present Hopkins Chapel and lived there until death. The place still bears the name of the Day Place. He was married to Annie Bishop (daughter of Thomas and Hannah Lark), was a brick burner by trade and burned the
brick that was used in the first Courthouse of Wise County. His brick kiln was about one mile east of Big Laurel on the Big Laurel-Glamorgan road. He was probably the first man to ever burn brick in the present Wise County. It is a family tradition that his father, Joseph Day, burned the brick for the first Courthouse of Carroll County. Andrew Day had one son that grew up to be quite a large lad and was not yet named. One day he climbed upon a stump in the yard and told them his name was "Captain Andrew Day Biggety Strut" whether
this is how his name came about is not really known, but he signed his name Captain Andy Day and was always known by the name of Captain. He was married to Ellen Cox.

Informants: Dr. J. M. Hill, James Taylor Adams, J. E. Lipps and Court Records. November 9, 1937.

Andy Day Brick Kiln

Location: Fifty yards west of State Highway 620, one mile southeast of Big Laurel, four miles northwest of Wise in a small bottom near an old log house known as the Bill Mays house.

Date: About 1850

Owner: Land bought about 1830 by John Wheatley from Benjamin and George Warder. Sold to James Hamilton about 1850. Sold by Hamilton's widow, Mary Hamilton, daughter of John Wheatley, to Felix G. Creech in 1870, and by Creech to Virginia Iron Coal and Coke in 1900. 
     The Brick Kiln was established on a lease by Andrew W. Day and operated until about 1881.

Description: Only signs remaining are pieces of bricks scattered about.

History: The Brick Kiln was established, owned and operated by Andrew W. Day from 1850 to about 1881. It was here the brick for the first brick courthouse was made. 
     Andrew W. Day was a son of Joseph Day of Grayson County. His father made the brick and built the first courthouse in Carroll County.

Source of Information: John Aldorian, Hillsville and W. H. Clemmons and Wise records.

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