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

The Hardwood Harvest

 
 
The Hardwood Harvest Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. The Hardwood Harvest Marker
Inscription. By the 1600s, hardwood lumber was scarce in England. Early exports of the colony were potash, used in the manufacture of glass, and soap ash, which yields liquid soap.

The ashes of hardwood logs were mixed with water, strained, and heated to a syrup-like consistency. Cooled and hardened in pots, the mixture could be shipped to England. In time the settlers cleared all of the hardwood forests from Jamestown Island.

Today’s forest is regrowth, mostly of pine.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.107′ N, 76° 45.7′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Loop Drive, on the left when traveling east. 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. Harvesting Ice (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The “Island House” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Medical Discoveries (approx. 0.4 miles away); Homes to Last (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jamestown Island
Marker on Jamestown Island Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker on Jamestown Island
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Excellent Good Timber (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bowl, Pot, and Pipe (approx. 0.7 miles away); Virginia’s Vintage (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 colonists burning hardwood to produce potash and soap ash.
 
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 599 times since then and 39 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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