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Williamsburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Balloon Flight in Virginia

 
 
First Balloon Flight in Virginia Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 7, 2009
1. First Balloon Flight in Virginia Marker
Inscription. On May 7, 1801, J. S. Watson, a student at William and Mary, wrote a letter detailing attempts at flying hot air balloons on the Court House Green. The third balloon, decorated with sixteen stars, one for each of the existing states, and fueled with spirits of wine, was successful. Watson wrote, "I never saw so great and so universal delight as it gave to the spectators." This is the earliest recorded evidence of aeronautics in the Commonwealth.
 
Erected 1991 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 40.)
 
Location. 37° 16.437′ N, 76° 42.791′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Road and Stadium Drive, on the right when traveling east on Richmond Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23186, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. College Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alumni of the College of William and Mary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Priorities of the College of William and Mary (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Christopher Wren Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Gallia Nati Mortui in Virginia
First Balloon Flight in Virginia Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 7, 2009
2. First Balloon Flight in Virginia Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Sir Christopher Wren Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt (approx. 0.3 miles away); Indian School at the College of William & Mary (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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