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Near Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Christopher Robinson

 
 
Christopher Robinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 16, 2010
1. Christopher Robinson Marker
Inscription. in 1678, Christopher Robinson purchased 300 acres here that became Hewick, the Virginia seat of the Robinson family. Robinsonís distinguished service to Virginia began as the clerk of Middlesex County Court from 1677 to 1688. He was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1691, and, in 1692, was appointed Councillor and Secretary of the Foreign Plantations by King William III of England. Robinsonís final contribution to colonial Virginia came in 1693, when he served as a founding trustee of William and Mary College.
 
Erected 1992 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number OC-36.)
 
Location. 37° 38.304′ N, 76° 35.25′ W. Marker is near Urbanna, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Old Virginia Street (County Route 602) near Town Bridge Road / Lord Mott Road (County Route 615), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Urbanna VA 23175, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Grave of Arthur Lee (approx. 0.6 miles away); Arthur Lee (approx. 0.6 miles away); Landsdowne (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Middlesex County Courthouse
Christopher Robinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 16, 2010
2. Christopher Robinson Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Sandwich (approx. ĺ mile away); Tobacco Was Money (approx. 0.8 miles away); John Mitchellís Map (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Tobacco Warehouse (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Urbanna.
 
Also see . . .  Christopher Robinson, Esq. of “Hewick”. “It was in this year that Christopher Robinsonís name appears as a trustee and a founder of the college. Not only this, but the interests and influence of this man, led him into every field of service to the colony. The facts concerning his career place him among the makers of Virginiaís early political history. He had received every advantage of education, wealth, and family connection, which made his coming to the colony an event of import to affairs of state. We read that he was the elder brother of John Robinson, Bishop of London and Plenipotentiary to the Council of Utrecht, and was born at Cleasby, Yorkshire, England in 1645. He came to this country about the year 1660, and settled in Middlesex County. The records of Old Christ Church near Urbanna give his name as vestry man in 1664.” (Submitted on February 5, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
Hewick, the View from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 16, 2010
3. Hewick, the View from the Marker

1. Hewick Plantation
This marker is at the entrance of “Hewick Plantation,” which is located on sixty-six acres. Up until it was sold in 2005, Hewick had never been out of the hands of the Robinson Family. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted December 1, 2010, by Helen Nichols Murphy Battleson of Coronado, California.

2. Hewick
The marker is in error regarding the 300 acres: that tract is in another part of the county. The Hewick lands came into Christopher Robinsonís hands in right of his wife, Agatha Obert.
    — Submitted December 1, 2010, by P. A. Miller of Richmond, California.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,671 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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