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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome to Richmondís Historic Riverfront

Captain John Smithís Adventures on the James

 

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Welcome to Richmondís Historic Riverfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Welcome to Richmondís Historic Riverfront Marker
Inscription. In front of you are the trails on Belle Isle, a historic part of the James River Park System. To your left is Brownís Island and the canal walk.

About a mile below the falls, Christopher Newport, John Smith and 21 others found a native settlement called Powhatan in what is now the vicinity of Fulton Bottom. Clusters of people the English called “Virginians” offered them food from the shore. They spent the evening and made a league of friendship with Powhatanís son, Parahunt, who, under the influence of “beere, aquavite, and sack,” promised to guide them to the mines of iron and copper. On May 24, 1607, they proceeded to the falls where Newport planted a cross with the inscription “Jacobus Rex 1607” to claim the land for the king of England. To dispel any suspicions, Newport told the Natives that the two arms of the cross signified the united league between Powhatan and himself.

Capt. John Smithís Trail

John Smith knew the James River by its Algonquian name: Powhatan, the same as the regionís paramount chief. Smith traveled the river many times between 1607 and 1609, trading with Virginia Indians to ensure survival at Jamestown. What he saw of Virginiaís verdant woodlands and pristine waters inspired him to explore the greater Chesapeake Bay, chronicling its natural
Richmondís Historic Riverfront at Tredegar. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Richmondís Historic Riverfront at Tredegar.
wonders.

Capt John Smithís Trail on the James is a 40-site water and auto tour for modern explorers.

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Canal
Tickets for seasonal boat tours can be purchased along the canal near 14th Street. Interpreters make history come alive by telling the story of the canal and its relationship with our capital city.

Tribute
A cross planted along the canal at 12th and Byrd streets pays tribute to the first Englishmen to explore the area. A short walk east along the canal walk takes you to historic Shockoe Slip.

City View
The historic capital city of Richmond looks over the mighty James River. Breathtaking views can be had from Brownís Island river overlook and the pedestrian bridge to Belle Isle.

James Rapids
A shelf of granite that falls 105 feet in seven miles creates the Jameís famous rapids. The class IV and V rapids through the heart of Richmond have earned the designation of “best urban whitewater” in the nation.
 
Erected by Captain John Smithís Trail, James River Association, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 37° 32.061′ N, 77° 26.915′ W.
South bank of the James River at Brown's Island. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
3. South bank of the James River at Brown's Island.
Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on Tredegar Street 0.3 miles west of South 5th Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belle Isle (a few steps from this marker); Robert E. Lee Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tredegar in the Twentieth Century / Then and Now (about 500 feet away); Horseshoe Shops (about 500 feet away); Making Machines at Tredegar (about 600 feet away); Tredegar Rolling Mills (about 600 feet away); Industrial Recycling (about 600 feet away); Belle Isle Prison (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding Welcome to Richmondís Historic Riverfront. On the left is a map of the “Richmond Historic Canal and Riverfront” with an insert map of the “Belle Isle James River Park System” trails.

On the upper right is a map of Captain John Smith's Trail.
 
Also see . . .
1. Captain John Smithís Trail. (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. City of Richmond - James River Park System. (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. NPS - James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District.
Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
4. Richmondís Historic Canal Walk.
(Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Friends of the James River Park. (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
5. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

6. American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
7. Venture Richmond – Canal Cruises. (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Christopher Newport Cross. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
5. Christopher Newport Cross.
The Canal at Shockoe Slip. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
6. The Canal at Shockoe Slip.
View of Richmond from the Brown's Island river overlook. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
7. View of Richmond from the Brown's Island river overlook.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 725 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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