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Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Stratford Cliffs

 
 
The Stratford Cliffs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
1. The Stratford Cliffs Marker
Inscription. Approximately 17 million years ago, during the Miocene Epoch, these 150-foot-high cliffs along the Potomac River formed the ancient seashore. Rich Miocene fossil deposits, which exist in the 1 1/2 -mile-long series of Horsehead, Stratford and Nomini Cliffs, can only be found in several locations in the world. Fossil remains of salt-water crocodiles, whales, porpoises, turtles, rays and sharks can be discovered along the shoreline. This overlook is one of a few spots along Stratford's northern boundary with a clear view (to the left) of the Horsehead Cliffs.
 
Location. 38° 9.762′ N, 76° 50.164′ W. Marker is in Stratford, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Stratford Hall Road (State Highway 214), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. The site is open to the public, for a fee. Marker is in this post office area: Stratford VA 22558, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Landing: Gateway to the World (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stratford Landing: Significant Events (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clifts Plantation Site (approx. mile away); The Stratford Mill
The Stratford Cliffs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
2. The Stratford Cliffs Marker
(approx. mile away); Clifts Plantation Burial Ground (approx. mile away); Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill (approx. mile away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oval Site (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stratford.
 
Also see . . .  Stratford Hall Historic Site. Includes information on the site with links to additional information. (Submitted on August 18, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 
 
Categories. Paleontology
 
A View of Stratford Cliffs image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
3. A View of Stratford Cliffs
This photo was taken from Stratford Landing.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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