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

Portobacco Indians

Portobacco Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, April 18, 2008
1. Portobacco Indians Marker
Inscription. Along the Rappahannock River near here lived the Portobacco Indians, who may have been part of the Portobaccos of Maryland. After moving to Virginia in the 1650's, they lived here in peace with their Indian neighbors, who spoke a similar dialect and who also were farmers, fishermen, and hunters. In 1683 - 1684 they were joined by the Rappahannocks, creating an Indian "refuge area" on a frontier that was being attacked by the Senecas. The Portobaccos and the Rappahannocks occupied the reservation on the Portobacco Bay until about 1704, when English colonists claiming the land by patent drove them off.
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N 19.)
Location. 38° 5.921′ N, 77° 4.944′ W. Marker is in Caret, Virginia, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of US 17 and Quarter Hill Road, on the right when traveling north on US 17. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caret VA 22436, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vauter's Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Essex County / Caroline County (approx. 2.5 miles away); Early Settlement (approx. 4.5 miles away); Leedstown (approx. 4.5 miles away); Pissaseck Indians (approx. 4.5 miles away); Punishing the Nanzattico Indians (approx. 5.8 miles away); Bristol Iron Works (approx. 6.2 miles away); King George County / Westmoreland County (approx. 6.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,115 times since then and 109 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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