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Early English Exploration

 
 
Early English Exploration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, August 4, 2007
1. Early English Exploration Marker
Inscription. In 1650 Fort Henry, now Petersburg, marked the western and southern extent of English settlement in, and knowledge of, Virginia. On 27 Aug. 1650, Edward Bland, merchant and land speculator, and Abraham Wood, frontier militia commander, left Fort Henry on the first documented English exploration of Southside Virginia. Pyancha, an Appamattuck guide, led Bland, Wood, and four others through the territory of the Nottoway, Meherrin, and Hocomawanck Indians for nine days. They probably reached the falls of the Roanoke River near Weldon, N.C., before returning to Fort Henry. This was the first of a series of explorations that departed from Fort Henry under Abraham Wood’s auspices.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S 76.)
 
Location. 37° 13.988′ N, 77° 24.289′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Sycamore Street and West Old Street (Virginia Route 36), on the right when traveling north on North Sycamore Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Petersburg Region (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg Museums
Marker on the corner of N Sycamore & Old Streets image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, August 4, 2007
2. Marker on the corner of N Sycamore & Old Streets
(within shouting distance of this marker); City Sights (within shouting distance of this marker); Pamplin Historical Park (within shouting distance of this marker); African-Americans in Petersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); The Revolutionary War in Petersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Touring Old Towne (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg National Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,357 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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