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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2009
1. First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop Marker
Inscription.  In 1611 John Rolfe became the first Englishman to cultivate tobacco nearby at Varina Farm, on the James River. Rolfe planted seeds bred in Varinas, Spain, and experimented with curing methods to produce a tobacco milder than the native variety. The success of tobacco as a cash crop encouraged the Virginia Company of London and renewed the spirit of confidence among the colonists. It supported a wealthy planter class and enriched shippers and merchants. Tobacco thereby contributed to the economic security and survival of the Virginia colony, and thus the nation.
 
Erected 1992 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V-25.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureColonial EraIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1611.
 
Location. 37° 27.211′ N, 77° 22.178′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on New Market Road (Route 5) 0.1 miles
First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop Marker on New Market Road. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2009
2. First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop Marker on New Market Road.
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east of Varina Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2120 New Market Rd, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Harrison (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Gilmer (approx. ¼ mile away); Advancing On Richmond (approx. half a mile away); Black Troops Attack at Chaffin’s Farm (approx. ¾ mile away); Hopeless Attacks (approx. ¾ mile away); Richmond Battlefields (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Fort Gilmer (approx. ¾ mile away); Henrico Parish Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Virginia Places. Tobacco and Staple Agriculture (Submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,544 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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