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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Flood of 1771

 
 
The Flood of 1771 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
1. The Flood of 1771 Marker
Inscription. On May 27, 1771, a wall of water came roaring down the James River valley following ten to twelve days of intensive rain. As water swept through Richmond, buildings, boats, animals, and vegetation were lost. About one hundred fifty people were killed as the river reached a flood stage of forty-five feet above normal. A monument to the flood was inscribed by Ryland Randolph, of Curles, in 1771-72: "... all the great rivers of this country were swept by inundations never before experienced which changed the face of nature and left traces of violence that will remain for ages."
 
Erected 2003 by County of Henrico. (Marker Number HC-20.)
 
Location. 37° 24.369′ N, 77° 16.167′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of New Market Road (Virginia Route 5) and Curles Neck Road, on the right when traveling east on New Market Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Engagement at Malvern Cliffs (here, next to this marker); Turkey Island (here, next to this marker); Turkey Island Mansion (here, next to
The Flood of 1771 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
2. The Flood of 1771 Marker
Located alongside Engagement at Malvern Cliffs and Turkey Island markers.
this marker); Captain Thomas Harris (approx. 0.4 miles away); Curles Neck and Bremo (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nathaniel Bacon (approx. half a mile away); Malvern Cliffs (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Malvern Cliffs (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Flood Marker of 1771. (PDF) The flood is also marked by an obelisk, just southwest of Route 5 (37 23' 44.00" N, 77 15' 28.00" W). (Submitted on July 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Photographs from Turkey Island. One of the photos on this page is of the 13 foot obelisk commemorating the “Calamitous Flood of 1771.” (Submitted on October 30, 2008.) 

3. Memorial to a Flood . . . Almost Forgotten. Richmond Then and Now - Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 10, 1950. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraDisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,937 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the stone monument to the flood (see link). • Can you help?
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