Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
"In those days the river was the road to town. Tobacco was boated down to Westham, seven miles above the falls, and then brought by land carriage to Shokoes." John F.D. Smythe, 1769
Shockoe is Richmond's oldest neighborhood. In the late 17th century, tobacco, furs, rum, and enslaved Africans were traded within blocks of here. In 1742, the town was no more than a fifth of a mile square, with 250 merchants, laborers, fishermen, and boatsmen.
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
Location. 37° 31.964′ N, 77° 25.95′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dock Street and South 15th Street. Click for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between S 14th Street and S 15th Street. 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. Shockoe Slip (a few steps from this marker); African Americans and the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Use of Arms (within Kanawha Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burnt District (about 300 feet away); Triple Crossing (about 300 feet away); George Washington’s Vision (about 300 feet away); James River & Kanawha Canal (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . .
1. Richmond’s Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Historic Shockoe Slip. (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Shockoe Slip District. Historic Richmond Foundation (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on , by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.