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Smithfield in Isle of Wight County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Basse’s Choice

 
 
Basse's Choice Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, September 23, 2007
1. Basse's Choice Marker
Inscription. In Nov. 1621, Capt. Nathaniel Basse received a grant of 300 acres of land, now known as Basse’s Choice, located nearby. It was one of the first English settlements in Isle of Wight County, though humans had lived there more than 5000 years. On Mar. 1622, during the Powhatan-English War of 1622–1632, attacks coordinated by Chief Opechancanough struck various English settlements including Basse’s Choice. Basse was in England when this event occurred. He resettled the region by 1624, when twenty people lived there. Basse later served in the House of Burgesses and was appointed to the governor’s council in Mar. 1630.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-242.)
 
Location. 37° 0.832′ N, 76° 38.053′ W. Marker is in Smithfield, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. Marker is on Old Stage Highway (Virginia Route 10) north of Bounts Corner Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. This marker sits with K-241 before Hardy Elementary School. Marker is in this post office area: Smithfield VA 23430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bennett’s Plantation (here, next to this marker); Fort Boykin Historic Park
Bennett's Plantation and Basse's Choice image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, September 23, 2007
2. Bennett's Plantation and Basse's Choice
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Boykin (approx. 1.7 miles away); Welcome to Fort Boykin Historic Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); Isle of Wight County War Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Wrenn’s Mill (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ivy Hill Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); Old Isle of Wight Courthouse (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Smithfield.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,214 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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