Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Widow Tapp House
The Tapps operated a subsistence farm, planting corn and keeping a few pigs and milk cows. A crib, stable, and small orchard were the property’s other improvements.
Although it survived the Battle of the Wilderness, the Tapp House fell into disrepair and eventually disappeared. Archeologists located the house site in 1989. Like so many other anonymous places, the Civil War transformed this isolated homestead from local obscurity into national recognition.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 17.503′ N, 77° 43.573′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Orange Plank Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at stop five of the walking trail of the Widow Tapp Farm. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Home of Widow Tapp (here, next to this marker); Brink of Victory Confederate Earthworks (was about 500 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Lee-to-the-Rear (about 600 feet away); In the Nick of Time (about 600 feet away); The Texans Attack (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Lee to the Rear! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crisis in the Wilderness (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The bottom right of the marker contains In 1865 painting of the Tapp Cabin by George Leo Frankenstein. The left portion of the marker features a photograph with the caption Archaeological students discovered the Widow Tapp House site based on historical research, sophisticated remote sensing technology, and traditional archaeological methods.
This marker was replaced by a new one named The Home of Widow Tapp (see nearby markers).
Also see . . . Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,792 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.