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Northampton County Markers
Virginia (Northampton County), Birdsnest — WY- 11 — Three Northampton Landmarks
Three miles west stands the third church of Hungars Parish, begun in 1742 and completed by 1751, one of two colonial churches remaining on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The parish built the glebe house or minister's residence, 5.5 miles west, about 1745. Ordered by the state to sell it after disestablishment of the English Church in 1786, the vestry protested and retained custody until 1859. Vaucluse, named for a region of southern France and long the seat of the Upsher family, stands 4.5 miles . . . — Map (db m48938) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — WY-4 — Cape Charles
The Town of Cape Charles was founded in 1884 by Alexander Cassatt and William L. Scott as the southern terminusof the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad. The extension of tracks south from Maryland to Cape Charles opened the Northeastern markets to Eastern Shore seafood and farm produce. Using railcar barges and passenger steamers, the new port established a link to Norfolk. Cape Charles enjoyed rapid growth and soon became the commercial and residential center of Northampton County. The . . . — Map (db m48952) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — WY 73 — Cape Charles Colored School
Constructed in 1928, this school opened about 1930 for African American children in Cape Charles during legalized segregation. The building was constructed with contributions from the local African American community, the State Literary Fund, and the Julius Rosenwald Fund, established in 1917 to build schools for African American students in the rural South. Staffed by three teachers and a principal/teacher, the school housed grades one through seven, and was a center for educational, . . . — Map (db m51004) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Cape Charles to Little Creek
SS Delmarva, SS Princess Anne, and the SS Pocahontas operated out of Cape Charles to Little Creek, VA, from about 1933 to 1950. The first two vessels handled the traffic from 1933 to 1941. In 1941, the SS Pocahontas was built to handle traffic increases and was added to the fleet. During World War II, it became necessary to add more carrying space to accommodate leave schedules — military personnel heading north on Friday and returning by early Monday. So, . . . — Map (db m52213) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Rails Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay
Rails from the original tracks laid on the riprap jetty in 1884 by the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad, for officials to spend the night and dine overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Presented in 1995 by the Eastern Shore Railroad — Map (db m61362) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cheriton — WY 3 — Salem Methodist Church
1.8 miles east of here stood Salem Methodist Church (1836-1918), scene of the initial violence resulting from the schism between northern and southern Methodists in 1846. A northern circuit preacher was dragged from the pulpit by members of the congregation. The building burned in 1870 and was replaced. Salem was the mother church of congregations on Cheriton and Oyster and five Eastern Shore Methodist ministers. — Map (db m7585) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cheriton — WY 2 — Site of Tidewater Institute(1907 - 1935)
Tidewater Institute was incorporated in 1903 with the stated purpose of establishing an industrial, academic, collegiate, and seminary boarding school for the education of black youth. Founded by the Rev. George E. Reid, and supported by the Northampton/Accomack Baptist Association, the institute attracted students from both Virginia and other Atlantic seaboard states. For twenty-eight years, the school was dedicated to the education and molding of lives of young black men and women of Virginia's Eastern Shore. — Map (db m7586) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cheriton — WY-6 — Stratton Manor
Benjamin Stratton, a member of the family that had owned the land since 1636, constructed this finely crafted house nearby about 1764, according to dated chimney bricks.Perhaps built on the site of an earlier Stratton dwelling, the house exemplifies the 18th - century vernacular architecture typical of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Among the features of the regional form are frame construction. Flemish-bond brick ends, chevron patterns in the gables, exterior chimneys with steepy sloping . . . — Map (db m48942) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Cheriton — WY-7 — Towne Fields
This site, two and a half miles west, was the first seat of local government on the Eastern Shore. Francis Bolton preached there in 1623, and the first church was built before 1632. The oldest continuous county records in the English Colonies began there in 1632. The first courthouse (built for that purpose) on the Eastern Shore was erected in 1664 and used until Court moved to the Eastville area in 1677. — Map (db m48533) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — Confederate Monument - Eastville, VA
Erected by the Harmanson-West Camp Confederate Veterans, The Daughters of the Confederacy and the citizens of the Eastern Shore of Virginia; to the soldiers of the Confederacy from Northampton and Accomack Counties. They died bravely in war, or in peace lived nobly to rehabilitate their country. A. D. One thousand nine hundred and thirteen. — Map (db m7590) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — Debdeavon
"Laughing King of Accomacke Emperor of the Easterne Shoare King of the Great Nussawattocks" A gallant warrior and a loyal friend to the early settlers of the Eastern Shore. His timely warning to the colonists of an intended uprising in 1621, saved them from annihilation in the massacre of 1622. — Map (db m7591) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — WY 9 — Gingaskin Indian Reservation
The Gingaskin Indian Reservation was located nearby from 1640 to 1813 and was created from a land patent in 1640 that set aside land for the Accomac Indians. When the Accomacs moved there, they became known as the Gingaskins. They continued to practice their traditional economy of farming, hunting, and fishing. By the 1760s, portions of the reservation had been leased to outside groups to help support the Gingaskins, who were suffering from a decreased population and pressures from their white . . . — Map (db m7605) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — Historic Northampton County Court Bell
This bell was installed in the attic of the 1989 Northampton County Courthouse during the original construction. When court was called into order, the Northampton County Sheriff would ring the bell and then stand out on the balcony and announce that court was in session. In 2005, the bell was dedicated to the memory of US. Army Sergeant Tromaine Troy of Eastville who was Killed in Action while serving his Country in Ramadi, Iraq, during a combat operation. In 2011, Northampton County . . . — Map (db m71858) HM WM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — WY 8 — Home of First Settler
Here, in Savage's Neck, was the home of Ensign Thomas Savage, who came to Virginia in 1608. Granted a tract of land by Debedeavon, the "Laughing King" of the indians, in 1619, Savage became the first permanent English settler on the Eastern Shore. A mile west is Old Castle, built in 1721. — Map (db m7606) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — WY 8 — Home of the First Settler
Thomas Savage, a lad of thirteen, arrived at Jamestown on 2 Jan. 1608 with Capt. Christopher Newport on the ship John and Francis. John Smith later wrote, "The next day Newport came a shore....A boy named Thomas Savage (whom Newport called son) was then given unto Powhatan." Savage resided several years with the Indians, growing up in association with Pocahontas. He became proficient in the Indian languages and later served as an interpreter. Savage settled on the Eastern Shore by 1619. . . . — Map (db m71857) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — Northampton County Court Green
The Northampton County Court Green is one of the earliest and most complete in Virginia. It includes outstanding examples of early court buildings as well as later structures reflecting the continuity of government in Eastville for well over 300 years. The area is listed as a Historic District on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Northampton County and the Northampton Branch, APVA Preservation Virginia, have worked together to restore and . . . — Map (db m7589) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Eastville — WY 10 — Old Courthouse
The courthouse was moved to Eastville in 1677, and court has been held here ever since. The old courthouse was built about 1731; from its door the Declaration of Independence was read, August 13, 1776. Militia barracks were here during the Revolution. Just behind the courthouse is the debtors' prison. — Map (db m7587) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Exmore — 1-Z — Accomac County / Northampton County
[Accomac County side]: Accomac County Area 502 Square Miles The Eastern Shore was first known as the Kingdom of Accomac, for an indian tribe. Accomac was one of the original shires formed in 1634. The name was changed to Northampton in 1643. In 1663, the present Accomac County was made from Northampton. [Northampton County side]: Northampton County Area 239 Square Miles One of the original shires formed in 1634 and named Accomac. In 1643 the name was changed . . . — Map (db m7609) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Franktown — WY 11-a — Peter Jacob Carter
Born enslaved on 29 May 1845 near Eastville, Northampton County, Peter Jacob Carter served in the 10th United States Colored Troops during the Civil War and afterward attended Hampton Institute. He represented Northampton in the House of Delegates from 1871 to 1879, was conspicuous in First Congressional District politics, chaired Republican state conventions and African American mass meetings, and attended the party’s national conventions. A prominent Eastern Shore politician, in the 1880s he . . . — Map (db m61450) HM
Virginia (Northampton County), Machipongo — WY 72 — Northampton County High School
Constructed in 1953 as the county’s first purpose-built African American high school, Northampton County High School reflects the desires of local African Americans to obtain modern educational facilities. It is an example of the statewide efforts by African American and Virginia Indian communities during the early 20th century to secure better education for their children. The building contained classrooms, a library, a gymnasium, and a 500-seat auditorium. Concurrent with integration of . . . — Map (db m61057) HM
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