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Near Emporia in Greensville County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Meherrin Indians

 
 
Meherrin Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 20, 2012
1. Meherrin Indians Marker
Inscription. The Meherrin Indians lived in the coastal plain of Virginia and North Carolina along the Meherrin River. They farmed and hunted and spoke a language, Meherrin, that belonged to the Iroquoian language family. The Meherrin remained relatively undisturbed by the English settlements, until about 1650 when trading in furs increased their contact with settlers. By 1680 the Meherrin had become official tribute-paying subjects of the Virginia colony that temporarily gave them a protected land base around their villages. By the early 18th century members of the Meherrin had migrated along the Meherrin River to near the fork where it joins the Chowan River in North Carolina.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-72.)
 
Location. 36° 45.441′ N, 77° 39.385′ W. Marker is near Emporia, Virginia, in Greensville County. Marker is at the intersection of Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway (U.S. 58) and 5 Forks Access Road, on the right when traveling west on Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brunswick County, Virginia
Meherrin Indians Markerlooking westbound Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway (U.S. 58) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 20, 2012
2. Meherrin Indians Markerlooking westbound Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway (U.S. 58)
(a few steps from this marker); Brunswick County / Greensville County (a few steps from this marker); Mabry's Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (approx. 5.1 miles away); Double Bridges (approx. 5.9 miles away); Smoky Ordinary (approx. 6.7 miles away); a different marker also named Smoky Ordinary (approx. 6.7 miles away); John Day (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Emporia.
 
Also see . . .  Meherrinnation.org. Meherrin people refer to ourselves as Kauwets'a:ka, meaning "People of the Water." We are an Iroquois nation- close relatives of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) with whom we share deep historical and cultural ties. Please explore our website and learn about our rich culture and unique history! (Submitted on October 29, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Meherrin Indians Marker at Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway and 5 Forks Access Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 20, 2012
3. Meherrin Indians Marker at Pleasant Shade Drive / Governor Harrison Parkway and 5 Forks Access Road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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