“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Tobacco Inspection

Tobacco Inspection Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Tobacco Inspection Marker
Inscription. In 1730, a law was passed requiring that all tobacco exported from Virginia be inspected by officials at one of the public inspection warehouses which were located in port towns or along the rivers throughout the colony. Any tobacco not meeting a minimum standard of quality was promptly destroyed. That which passed, would remain in the warehouses until it was shipped to Great Britain.

Yorktown’s earliest official inspection location was a warehouse and wharf owned by William Buckner. The site was located on the waterfront near here, below town lots one and four. The Buckner family provided inspection facilities at Yorktown until 1747, when a new warehouse was built at public expense. This structure, along with its wharf, was located just below the foot of Read Street. Buildings on the waterfront such as the tobacco warehouses were often in need of extensive repair or even rebuilding. In 1769, the county authorized the construction of another new warehouse, probably to replace one destroyed earlier that year by a hurricane.
Erected 2010 by York County.
Location. 37° 14.171′ N, 76° 30.36′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Water Street
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
and Read Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Fire of 1814 (here, next to this marker); Yorktown Waterfront (here, next to this marker); Yorktown's Stormy Past (within shouting distance of this marker); TransAmerica Bike Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown’s Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Pirates in Yorktown? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater (about 300 feet away); Steamboats on York River (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. Detail from A Map of Virginia, 1751. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.Tobacco farm at Yorktown Victory Center. Photo courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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