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


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By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
1. Barford Marker
Inscription. Located one mile south on land lying between the eastern and western branches of the Corotoman River. It is the site of Barford, the dwelling of Captain Thomas Carter who was living there by 1674. A gift from his father-in-law, Edward Dale, the property remained in the Carter family until 1782 when it was sold to Colonel James Gordon, Jr. by Edward Carter, great-grandson of Captain Thomas Carter.
Erected 1986 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-90.)
Location. 37° 43.5′ N, 76° 28.743′ W. Marker is near Lancaster, Virginia, in Lancaster County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster VA 22503, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major Edward Dale (approx. 2.2 miles away); White Marsh Church (approx. 4 miles away); St. Mary’s White Chapel (approx. 4.2 miles away); Queenstown (approx. 4.3 miles away); Corotoman (approx. 4.3 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Christ Church Lancaster (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Mary’s Whitechapel (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Additional comments.
Barford Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
2. Barford Marker
sectionheadg>1. The site of the Barford plantation?
This could not possibly be the site of the Barford plantation. The earliest reference to "Barford" is the Prayer Book discovered by Mrs. John Scarlett Smith stating that "Thomas Carter of Barford in ye county of Lancaster... married Katherine Dale". Edward Dale gave them the land in 1674, four years after they were married. He was already "of Barford" when he was married so the Dale land could not have been the Barford plantation.

Also, Thomas Carter of Barford was never "Captain" of anything. Captain Thomas Carter was his uncle.

Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest in the Historical Marker database. I regret we cannot confirm the history behind the marker, as we have no affiliation with the organization who researched and erected it.
    — Submitted January 14, 2011, by Jeff Carter of Peachtree City, Georgia.

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