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Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Colonial Highway

 
 
Colonial Highway Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Colonial Highway Marker
Inscription. The James River was a lifeline. Ships from England brought tools, seeds, cloth, food, more settlers – and hope. The colonists sent back timber, tobacco, pitch, potash, furs, iron ore – and stories. By 1650, wharves reached out to the river channel. An iron weight of 1300 pounds, capable of driving piles for a pier, was found not far from here.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.46′ N, 76° 46.632′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the "New Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Interpreting Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); A Jamestown Warehouse 1630s-1699 (within shouting distance of this marker); Efforts of a Virginia Tradesman 1670s (within shouting distance of this marker); Water and Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Backstreet – Jamestown’s Main Street 1620-1699
Jamestown Marker on the James River Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Jamestown Marker on the James River
(about 300 feet away); The Greate Road – An Early Highway pre-1607-1700s (about 300 feet away); Foundations at Jamestown (about 400 feet away); Swann’s Tavern 1670s (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Jamestowne. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
James River Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. James River
This photo of the James River, highway to the ouside world, was taken from in front of the marker.
Colonial Pile Driver Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. Colonial Pile Driver
This model of the 1300 pound iron weight used to erect piers in the James River is found in the Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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