Reedville in Northumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1991 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O-51.)
Location. 37° 51.126′ N, 76° 16.5′ W. Marker is in Reedville, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker is on Northumberland Highway (U.S. 360) just east of Liberty Road (County Route 726), on the right. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reedville VA 22539, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Julius Rosenwald High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); The War of 1812 / African Americans in the War of 1812 (approx. one mile away); Indian Prisoners Abandoned on Tangier Island (approx. one Morris-Fisher Stack (approx. 1.4 miles away); Shiloh School (approx. 6.6 miles away); Jessie Ball duPont (approx. 8 miles away); Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve (approx. 8 miles away); Morattico Baptist Church (approx. 8.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Reedville.
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1. Wikipedia entry for Reedville. “Captain Reed moved his business from Brooklin, Maine to the Northern Neck, and brought to the established community of watermen a method of extracting large quantities of oil from the fish by rendering them by the millions. Their oil was used as a lubricant and in lighting, as whale oil was, and the leftover bones and carcasses were valuable as fertilizer. He opened the first processing plant. By 1885, Reedville was heavily engaged in the menhaden fishing industry. Menhaden factories on Cockrell Creek produced fish oil, meal and fertilizer from menhaden. The menhaden fishing industry brought tremendous wealth to Reedville and to Northumberland County. Reedville, a town of approximately 500, was once known as the wealthiest town in the United (Submitted on October 3, 2009.)
2. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. “The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 6'x8' diorama of the lower Northern Neck. It shows where Native Americans settled, how they lived and what their environment was like. It displays models of the boats involved, not only in Smith’s adventures, but also relating to the coast of Virginia. Surrounding this diorama are displays relating to the lifestyle of both the settlers and the native Americans. The wildlife and the vegetation of that period, as well as, the abundant sea life that awed Smith and his crew, are illustrated.” (Submitted on October 3, 2009.)
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