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Powhatan County Virginia – Historical Markers

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By Bernard Fisher, July 25, 2009
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Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Z 50 — Cumberland County / Powhatan County
(Obverse) Cumberland County Area 293 square miles Formed in 1748 from Goochland, and named for the Duke of Cumberland, second son of King George II. The earliest call for independence came from this county, April 22, 1776. . . . — Map (db m21144) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — DerwentRest and Reconciliation
In the summer of 1865, Robert E. Lee and his family resided here at Derwent. Lee had reunited with his wife and children in a rented house in Richmond after he surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9. . . . — Map (db m18341) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Derwent
Built 1841. First called "Cottage Hill." Name changed to "Derwent" in 1859. Robert E. Lee with Mrs. Lee, son Custis and two daughters, Agnes and Mildred, lived here during the summer of 1865 as the guest of Mrs. E.R. Cocke. From this house he . . . — Map (db m18344) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — O 30 — Derwent
Ten miles north is "Derwent", where Robert E. Lee lived in the summer of 1865 as the guest of Mrs. E. R. Cocke. Lee arrived at "Derwent" early in July. While there he was offered the presidency of Washington College, Lexington, which he accepted on . . . — Map (db m18346) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — O 25 — Dunlora Academy
Two and a half miles north, on Dunlora plantation then owned by Mrs. Ann Hickman, the Virginia Baptist Education Society established, in 1830, a school for ministers. This school, under the principalship of Rev. Edward Baptist, M.A., was known . . . — Map (db m21137) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Ewell Crosses the AppomattoxRacing West — Lee’s Retreat
(preface) After Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant broke through Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s lines at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, Lee ordered the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond. The Army of Northern Virginia retreated west on several . . . — Map (db m18839) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — O 31 — Giles's Home
Five miles southwest is the Wigwam, the home of William B. Giles, Jefferson's chief lieutenant; United States Senator, 1804-1815, and Governor of Virginia, 1827-1830, an orator and famous political leader. Giles died there, December 4, 1830. — Map (db m21138) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — O 33 — Huguenot Settlement
Huguenots, the largest single group of French Protestant refugees to come to Virginia, settled near here on the site of a deserted Monacan Indian village during the period 1700-1701. In 1700, the Virginia General Assembly established King William . . . — Map (db m21141) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Huguenot SpringsConfederate Hospital & Cemetery
In 1862, the spa at Huguenot Springs Hotel became a convalescent hospital for Confederate soldiers. Trains brought patients from Richmond hospitals to Robious Station on the Richmond and Danville Railroad, where they were transferred to wagons for . . . — Map (db m18331) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — O 36 — Huguenot Springs Confederate Cemetery
Approximately 250 unidentified Confederate soldiers, who died at nearby Huguenot Springs Confederate Hospital, are buried in unmarked graves about a mile and a half southwest of here. Burial records have never been located. The former Huguenot . . . — Map (db m18332) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Lee’s Last BivouacApril 14, 1865
Although Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, the formal surrender ceremonies for his cavalry, artillery, and infantry occurred over the next three days. Lee did not attend. On . . . — Map (db m18334) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Lee's Final BivouacApril 14, 1865
General Lee, on his journey to Richmond from Appomattox, stopped at Winsor, his brother's farm, to spend the night. But as the house was crowded, he pitched his tent here, the last night he spent under canvas. He took brekfast with the Gilliams, . . . — Map (db m18338) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — OH 10 — Lee's Last Camp
Here Robert E. Lee, riding from Appomattox to Richmond to join his family, pitched his tent for the last time on April 14, 1865. He stopped here to visit his brother, Charles Carter Lee, who lived nearby at Windsor. Not wishing to incommode his . . . — Map (db m18335) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Michaux Grant
Grant of 850 acres (1713) to French Huguenots Abraham Michaux II b. 1672, Cedent, d. 1717, and wife Susanna Laroche Rochet b. 1667, Sedan, d. 1744, seeking religious freedom. Michaux Grant Plantation (1735), operated by family for 260 years. Family: . . . — Map (db m53563) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Mohemenco (A Monacan Village) and Drake House
Col Samuel Drake (1787-1863), justice of the peace, coroner, inn owner, militiaman, son of James Drake (1740-96, Revolutionary soldier, Methodist minister & blacksmith of Little Deep Creek), owned 1048 acres, inc Caxamalca Plantation and 18 slaves. . . . — Map (db m53565) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Monocan Indians Village of Pineville (Michaux)
Capt. Christopher Newport visited here in 1608. The Massinacack Tribe of the Monocan Confederation inhabited this area. Near here are the remains of the once thriving village of Pineville (Michaux) settled by French Huguenots. Four homes built . . . — Map (db m46889) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Mosby’s Tavern / Cumberland Old Courthouse
Mosby’s Tavern Benjamin Mosby operated a tavern on this site as early as 1741 in what was then Goochland County. In 1749 at the formation of Cumberland County, this tavern served as its Courthouse. The sessions were held here until Powhatan . . . — Map (db m33105) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — O 3 — Mowhemcho-Manakin Town
Near here stood the Monacan Indian town of Mowhemcho, noted on John Smith's map of 1612. The Monacan homeland encompassed much of Virginia's Piedmont. In 1670, Indian townspeople welcomed explorer John Lederer's party with celebratory "volleys of . . . — Map (db m21142) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Muddy Creek School
Muddy Creek School operated from 1875 to 1920. Built by Spencer Palmore of Poland Farm, it is constructed of heart-of-pine logs. The first teacher was Wesley Palmore and the school marked the beginning of formal education for children of the . . . — Map (db m18400) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Powhatan Court HouseApril 4, 1865 — Lee’s Retreat
(preface) After Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant broke through Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s lines at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, Lee ordered the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond. The Army of Northern Virginia retreated west on several . . . — Map (db m18347) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — O 32 — Powhatan Courthouse
The first courthouse was built here about 1783 and around it grew the village of Scottville. Named for Revolutionary War Gen. Charles Scott, who was born in the area, the town eventually became known as Powhatan Court House. The present courthouse . . . — Map (db m18348) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Shiloh Baptist Church
The Church began in 1866 with seventy ex-slaves who met in a private home (Doc Walton), then under a brush arbor, followed by a log cabin church and later in a framed church; this burned in 1898 and was replaced by the present structure. The first . . . — Map (db m46890) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — Terre Haute Farm African American Cemetery
Approximately 1 mile southeast of here was a cemetery containing one hundred and sixteen graves associated with the African American community of Huguenot Springs. Historical and archaeological evidence indicates that the cemetery was established . . . — Map (db m18399) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — The Court HousePowhatan County, Powhatan, Virginia
This Court House 1848-1849 was erected by order of court in quarterly session entered on the 6th day of March 1848 whereby for that purpose were appointed commissioners John W. Nash - Wm. S. Dance R.F. Graves - Philip St. George . . . — Map (db m18349) HM
Virginia (Powhatan County), Powhatan — The Huguenot Monument
(left panel) Upon this tract of land, the Glebe Farm, and near this site was located the first church of the French Protestant refugees. The present and fourth church erected 1895, and dedicated April 13,1896 (center panel) This . . . — Map (db m21143) HM

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