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

Silk Worn and Silk Spun

 
 
Silk Worn and Silk Spun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Silk Worn and Silk Spun Marker
Inscription. England – and Jamestown – imported silk from the Mediterranean and the Orient. In 1619 the Colony Secretary bragged that the cow keeper and the collier’s wife had suits of “fresh flaming silk.”

Spinning fibers from the silkworm cocoon was a lengthy, smelly chore. Despite orders from the Virginia Company to produce silk as a staple commodity, the colonists preferred to raise tobacco.

Jamestown silk, like Jamestown wine, was not the hoped-for New World treasure.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.233′ N, 76° 44.904′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Loop Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on Jamestown Island, along the Loop Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Jamestown VA 23081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bowl, Pot, and Pipe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia’s Vintage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Golden Weed (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Medical Discoveries (approx. 0.4 miles away); The “Island House”
Marker on Jamestown Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker on Jamestown Island
(approx. half a mile away); A Site of Habitation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Iron for Corn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Harvesting Ice (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jamestown.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of Jamestown colonists spinning silk inside their home.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a virtual tour of markers located along the Loop Drive on Jamestown Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Island Loop Drive. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 27, 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 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Silk Worn and Silk Spun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Silk Worn and Silk Spun Marker
The trail to the Travis Graveyard can be seen behind the marker.
Travis Graveyard image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. Travis Graveyard
This cemetery holds the remains of a prominent Jamestown family who maintained a “dwelling house” in this vicinity. The family eventually owned almost half of Jamestown Island.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 55 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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