“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Garysville in Prince George County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Flowerdew Hundred

Flowerdew Hundred Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andy Walker, September 21, 2008
1. Flowerdew Hundred Marker
Inscription. Four miles north of here, Governor Sir George Yeardley established Flowerdew Hundred settlement by 1619. In 1621 a windmill was built there, the first one recorded in English North America. In response to English expansion in Powhatan lands, such an occurred at Flowerdew and elsewhere, paramount chief Opechancanough planned a coordinated assault on English settlements. The settlement survived the attack on 22 Mar. 1622 and was inhabited through the 18th century. On 14-16 June 1864, U. S. General Ulysses S. Grant and Major General George G. Meade’s Army of the Potomac landed there and marched toward Petersburg to attack it.
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-214.)
Location. 37° 14.869′ N, 77° 9.009′ W. Marker is near Garysville, Virginia, in Prince George County. Marker is at the intersection of James River Drive (Virginia Route 10) and Flowerdew Hundred Road (County Route 639), on the right when traveling west on James River Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Powell's Creek (a few steps from this marker); The Cattle Raid
Previous Flowerdew Hundred Marker image. Click for full size.
J. J. Prats Collection, Photographer Unknown, October 1, 1972
2. Previous Flowerdew Hundred Marker
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Merchant's Hope Church (approx. 3 miles away); Westover (approx. 4.4 miles away); Westover Plantation (approx. 4.4 miles away); Richmond Condita (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hood's (approx. 4.4 miles away); Ward's Creek (approx. 4.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker replaced a 1948 marker with the same name and number which read, “Four miles north, Governor Sir George Yeardley patented land there in 1619, and in 1621 built at windmill point the first windmill in English America. The place was named for Temperance Flowerdew, Yeardley’s wife. Near there Grant’s army crossed the James in June, 1864.”
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for George Yeardley. “It is often assumed that Yeardley named this plantation “Flowerdew Hundred” after his wife, as a kind of romantic tribute. However, the land appears to have been in use by Stanley Flowerdew, Yeardley’s brother-in-law, before it was patented by Yeardley, so the plantation may have been associated with the Flowerdew name before Yeardley’s patent. Note that
James River Dr & Flowerdew Hundred Rd (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 29, 2010
3. James River Dr & Flowerdew Hundred Rd (facing east)
Yeardley named his Mulberry Island plantation “Stanley Hundred,” undoubtedly after his Stanley in-laws. In other words, both of Yeardley's plantations were named in honor of his wealthy in-laws.” (Submitted on September 13, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,361 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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