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Gloucester Point in Gloucester County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Port of Call

 
 
Port of Call Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
1. Port of Call Marker
Inscription. Gloucester Point's geographic location has always been the county's tie to the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. In 1707, Gloucestertown was laid out on the bluff above the thriving tobacco port on the Point. In the days before the extensive road systems we take for granted, travel by water was the preferred method of moving people and products. Goods and people moved by paddle, sail, steam and then internal combustion engines. Gloucester's prominence in the daffodil trade in the late 1800's was due to the rapid shipping available to Baltimore, Washington, Richmond and Norfolk.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 37° 14.73′ N, 76° 30.289′ W. Marker is in Gloucester Point, Virginia, in Gloucester County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greate Road (Virginia Route 1208) and Franklin Road. Click for map. This marker is located in the Gloucester Point Beach parking area under the Coleman Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Gloucester Point VA 23062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To Get to the Other Side (a few steps from this marker); Freedom is Won (a few steps from this marker); Virginia's First Shots in the Civil War
Port of Call Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
2. Port of Call Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Harvesting Nature's Bounty (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother Nature Comes Calling (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia Institute of Marine Science (about 400 feet away); Gloucester Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); Still Defending Virginia’s Shores (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gloucester Point.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photograph of the ferry pier with the caption, "The modified ferry pier was used by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science until it was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. It has been rebuilt on the site of the original pier.

On the left is a photo of the "Steamer Yorktown".

On the right are photos of steamer and ferry memorabilia with the caption, "Waterborne traffic of all sorts has made a port call in this area."
 
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Port of Call Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2010
3. Port of Call Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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