“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Nansemond Indian Villages

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By Laura Troy, September 23, 2007
1. Nansemond Indian Villages Marker
Inscription.  The principal villages of the Nansemond Indians stood just east of here on the Nansemond River. The Nansemonds fought frequently with the English colonists who arrived in 1607 as the Indians resisted the newcomers’ attempts to occupy their villages and seize their corn. Two major periods of hostility occurred in 1609 and again after Opechancanough’s coordinated assault on the English settlements on 22 Mar. 1622 that began the Powhatan-English War of 1622–1632. Sir George Yeardley retaliated for the assault by burning the Nansemond villages and destroying their cornfields. The surviving Nansemonds scattered, their power broken.
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-250.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian.
Location. 36° 51.121′ N, 76° 35.363′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Godwin Boulevard (Virginia Route
History gets an update image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of The Sun.
2. History gets an update
Nine historical markers in Suffolk—two of which refer to Indians as “savages”—will be replaced next year. Under the new wording, approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, the Dumpling Island and former Reid’s Ferry markers describe the area on the Nansemond River as “the ceremonial heart” of the Nansemond district. The marker replacement program is funded by federal transportation grant money, local governments and private sponsors. The Virginia Department of Transportation will review the marker sites before they are installed. —Regina Lightfoot” Dec 27, 1998 in The Sun, a part of The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
10) and Everets Road (County Route 603), on the right when traveling south on Godwin Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5641 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk VA 23432, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John's Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dumpling Island (approx. 2.3 miles away); James Bowser Plantation (approx. 4.4 miles away); African American Oystermen (approx. 5.1 miles away); Sleepy Hole Ferry (approx. 5.3 miles away); Yeates School (approx. 5.3 miles away); James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier (approx. 5.3 miles away); Revolutionary Camp (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Nansemond Indians
Additional comments.
1. K-250 marker history
Most readers of Virginia’s roadside historical markers do not know that Nansemond Indian Villages was not the initial title assigned to the designation symbol “K-250.” The original title assigned in 1927 by the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission was Reid’s Ferry (see Related markers). The commission, a predecessors of the Department of Historic Resources (DHR), developed those unique “letter-and-number” symbols to be used with titles in naming its landmarks. In an undetermined year,
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K-250 Reid’s Ferry was retired; and “K-250” was subsequently recycled. Hence, the revised marker is K-250 Nansemond Indian Villages. (Cynthia L. Clark, December 20, 2020.)
    — Submitted December 21, 2020.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,573 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on December 20, 2020, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on September 23, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on December 20, 2020, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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