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

Hot Water / Centerville

 
 
Hot Water / Centerville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
1. Hot Water / Centerville Marker
Inscription. Royal Governor William Berkeley, owner of nearby Green Spring Plantation, purchased the land here by 1652, then known as Hot Water. After Berkeley's death, the Hot Water tract passed to the Ludwell and Lee families. William Ludwell Lee inherited the property in 1796 and died in 1803. Lee's will specified that his slaves be freed when they reached the age of 18. They were allowed to live on the property for ten years at no charge and "comfortable houses" were to be built upon the tract for them. Lee's philanthropy gave rise to one of Virginia's early free black settlements located at Centerville.
 
Erected 2004 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V 47.)
 
Location. 37° 18.988′ N, 76° 47.386′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is at the intersection of Centerville Road (Virginia Route 614) and Longhill Road (Virginia Route 612), on the right when traveling south on Centerville Road. Click for map. The marker is located at the entrance to Freedom Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5535 Centerville Road, Williamsburg VA 23188, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green Spring (approx. 2.5 miles away); Spencer's Ordinary
Freedom Park entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
2. Freedom Park entrance.
(approx. 2.5 miles away); Six-Mile Ordinary (approx. 2.5 miles away); Eastern State Hospital (approx. 3.5 miles away); a different marker also named Eastern State Hospital (approx. 3.6 miles away); Washington–Rochambeau Route (approx. 3.6 miles away); Olive Branch Christian Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); James City County / York County (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Freedom Park. James City County Parks & Recreation. (Submitted on October 25, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USSettlements & Settlers
 
Free Black Settlement Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
3. Free Black Settlement Exhibit
Free Black Settlement Exhibit. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
4. Free Black Settlement Exhibit.
Free Black Settlement Exhibit. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
5. Free Black Settlement Exhibit.
The Jackson House. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
6. The Jackson House.
The Jackson House. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
7. The Jackson House.
The Brown Home. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
8. The Brown Home.
The Brown House. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
9. The Brown House.
The Lightfoot Home. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
10. The Lightfoot Home.
The Lightfoot House. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 24, 2009
11. The Lightfoot House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,008 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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