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

May-Hartwell Site 1660-1699

 
 
May-Hartwell Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. May-Hartwell Site Marker
Inscription. Evidence from wills, deeds, land plats, patents, and court cases helps to identify structures excavated by archaeologists. When historians digitalized two 17th-century land plats and superimposed them on a modern map of Jamestown, they matched a framed structure that stood here, the home of William May in the 1660s and Henry Hartwell after 1688.

Land records also revealed a pattern of landownership common in Virginia. Many colonists, particularly government officials, invested in town lots and speculated in undeveloped land elsewhere in tidewater Virginia. William May, an attorney and vestryman, purchased other Jamestown lots in addition to this property. Similarly, Henry Hartwell, an attorney, clerk of the court, and burgess also owned tracts of land in Charles City County and Surry County.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.438′ N, 76° 46.45′ 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
Marker in Historic Jamestowne Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker in Historic Jamestowne
least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Remarkable Collection 1670-1700 (here, next to this marker); A Diverse Jamestown Household 1620-1640 (within shouting distance of this marker); An Upper-Class Neighborhood 1630s-1699 (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Home 1620s (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ambler House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fences and Livestock (about 300 feet away); Row Houses (about 400 feet away); Ditch and Mound (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
More about this marker. The upper right portion of the marker contains a “Map of Jamestown showing archaeological features of the May-Hartwell house (labeled S-86).” Below this is a map of “Land plats used to identify the site of the May-Hartwell house, later owned by Col. White.” The left side of the marker features photographs of the “May-Hartwell house excavations, ca. 1930s,” a “Sgraffito slipware candlestick excavated near the May-Hartwell house,” and a “Wine bottle sea stamped ‘HH,’ possibly belonging to Henry Hartwell, excavated at the May-Hartwell house site.”
 
Also see . . .
1. May-Hartwell Site 1660 - 1699. Colonial National Historic Park
Jamestown Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Jamestown Markers
Several markers are located at this site in Jamestown's "New Towne". The May-Hartwell Site marker is the one on the left.
from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 24, 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 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
May-Hartwell House Ruins Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. May-Hartwell House Ruins
Ruins of the May-Hartwell House Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
5. Ruins of the May-Hartwell House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 702 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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