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Jamestown in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blockhouses Near Jamestown

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, July 20, 2013
1. Blockhouses Near Jamestown Marker
Inscription. In the first few years of the English settlement at Jamestown, colonists built small, isolated, fortified structures—called blockhouses—around the perimeter of the main settlement to provide refuges, observation posts, and rallying points in the case of attack. On 29 Mar. 1611, Paspahegh Indians, who consistently resisted the English incursion into their territory, attacked the blockhouse near here, killing the soldiers stationed there. The attack was in retaliation for the Feb. killing of their leader Wowinchapuncke. On 20 May 1611, Sir Thomas Dale directed the raising of another blockhouse “on the north side of our back river to prevent the Indians from killing our cattle.”
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WT 3.)
 
Location. 37° 13.624′ N, 76° 47.022′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 31) south of Greensprings Road (Virginia Route 614), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Argall Town (a few steps from this marker); French Troops At Jamestown
Blockhouses Near Jamestown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 20, 2013
2. Blockhouses Near Jamestown Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Lafayette's Visit (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgia (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Connecticut (about 400 feet away); Maryland (about 400 feet away); Massachusetts (about 400 feet away); South Carolina (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Jamestown.
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 6 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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