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


Westover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
1. Westover Marker
Inscription. In 1619 the first settlement was made at Westover, about 2 miles southeast. Two settlers died in the Powhatan uprising of 1622. Theodorick Bland bought Westover in 1666; William Byrd I acquired it in 1688. About 1730 his son, Colonel William Byrd II, built the present house, which exemplifies the high level of architectural quality attained during the colonial era. In Janaury 1781 the British army under General Charles Cornwallis crossed the James River at Westover in pursuit of the Marquis de Lafayette.
Erected 1991 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V 8.)
Location. 37° 19.863′ N, 77° 11.45′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is at the intersection of John Tyler Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 5) and Kimages Road, on the right when traveling east on John Tyler Memorial Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (here, next to this marker); Herring Creek & Kimages (here, next to this marker); First English Thanksgiving in Virginia
Westover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
2. Westover Marker
Shown with markers Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (V 7) and Herring Creek & Kimages.
(a few steps from this marker); Stuart's Ride (approx. 0.2 miles away); Berkeley and Harrison's Landing (approx. one mile away); First Official Thanksgiving (approx. 1.2 miles away); Origin of Taps (approx. 1.2 miles away); Benjamin Harrison (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles City.
Also see . . .  Westover Plantation. (PDF) National Register of Historic Places documentation for the plantation. (Submitted on July 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
Westover (north side) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 29, 2010
3. Westover (north side)
Westover (south side) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 29, 2010
4. Westover (south side)
Westover - North Elevation image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress - HABS
5. Westover - North Elevation
William Byrd II image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 18, 2014
6. William Byrd II
This 1700-1704 portrait of William Byrd II by Sir Godfrey Kneller hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

"William Byrd II inherited a great deal of property In Virginia that, together with the force of his personality and his own accomplishments, made him one of the most prominent and powerful men in the colony. He was educated and practiced law in England and traveled extensively there and on the Continent. Before returning to America, he commissioned this stylish portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller, the principal painter to the British monarch. Byrd was a successful tobacco planter and served for many years on the Virginia Council. In 1728 he played a lead role in surveying the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line. One result of this work was Byrd's book, The History of the Dividing Line Run in the Year 1728, a colorful account of Virginia's history and its flora and fauna. Late in life he built Westover, a Georgian mansion on the James River, where he housed his collection of thirty portraits of family and other persons of note." -- National Portrait Gallery
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