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

The Golden Weed

 
 
The Golden Weed Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. The Golden Weed Marker
Inscription. King James called smoking “a filthy novelty,” but tobacco proved the salvation of his Virginia colony.

Seeds from South America and the West Indies, grown in Virginia’s soil and climate, produced a pleasing leaf. From 1615 to 1619, tobacco exports increased twentyfold.

In 1617, a captain found “the marketplace, and streets, and all other spare places planted with Tobacco.” After four more years, a report confessed, “there is no Commodity but Tobacco.”
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.217′ N, 76° 44.521′ 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. A Site of Habitation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Iron for Corn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silk Worn and Silk Spun (approx. 0.4 miles away); Virginia’s Vintage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bowl, Pot, and Pipe
Marker on Jamestown Island Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker on Jamestown Island
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Glebe Land (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jamestown Island (approx. 0.7 miles away); Early Medical Discoveries (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 harvesting a tobacco crop and loading a wagon to transport it to waiting ships.
 
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
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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