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Near Quinton in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Orapax

 
 
Orapax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Orapax Marker
Inscription. Powhatan, the paramount chief of many Virginia Algonquian tribes when the English first landed at Jamestown, lived near here at the town of Orapax, having moved from Werowocomoco in 1609 following conflicts with the English. The English boy Henry Spelman lived with Powhatan at Orapax for several months during 1609. By 1614, Powhatan had moved again to Matchcot on the Pamunkey River. In Captain John Smith’s 1624 writings, Smith recounted that he had been taken to Orapax after being captured near the Chickahominy River in 1607 by men of several tribes who were under the leadership of Opechancanough, Powhatan’s military leader.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 19-a.)
 
Location. 37° 30.882′ N, 77° 12.256′ W. Marker is near Quinton, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker is on East Williamsburg Road (U.S. 60) 0.2 miles east of White Oak Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Quinton VA 23141, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Kent County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henrico County/New Kent County (about 700 feet away);
Rt 60 (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
2. Rt 60 (facing east)
Capt. John Smith Captured (about 700 feet away); McClellan's Crossing (about 700 feet away); New Kent Road (about 800 feet away); Bottom's Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elko Community Center (approx. 1.5 miles away); Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Quinton.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Rt 60 (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
3. Rt 60 (facing west)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 763 times since then and 10 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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