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South Newport News in Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richneck

Imposing … Brick Houses

 

— Newport News Founders Trail 1607 - 2007 —

 
Richneck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 18, 2021
1. Richneck Marker
Inscription.  
Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by 1634, became extinct in 1952 when it was designated the city of Warwick. It merged with Newport News in 1958.

The Cary family of Warwick County owned the large plantation dwelling that once stood on this site. In 1646, Miles Cary, Sr., arrived from England and quickly gained political power and social prominence. Among his many political offices, he served as a member of the House of Burgesses (Virginia's legislature), as well as the county sheriff, justice, militia colonel, and tax collector. Cary was killed during a Dutch raid on Hampton Roads on June 10, 1667. Cary's sons inherited and divided his considerable estate of 5,637 acres.

Miles Cary II (1655-1709) inherited the Richneck portion of his father's estate here near Stoney Run. He built an imposing cruciform brick house where the county held court sessions in the summers. Cary continued his father's legacy of political leadership,

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By Devry Becker Jones, January 18, 2021
2. Richneck display
holding several county offices and also serving as a burgess, surveyor general, naval militia officer, registrar for the vice-admiralty court, and rector of the College of William and Mary. His descendants owned this land for another four generations, and the house stood until it burned in 1865. A family member who visited here in 1868 reported, "The mansion was a pile of ruins, though from the remains of the walls still standing, I could estimate its former extent. It was a long-fronted, two storied brick building with the usual outbuildings and must have been very commodious." The Richneck Plantation Archaeological Site is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by Newport News Founder's Trail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureColonial EraGovernment & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 37° 8.834′ N, 76° 31.756′ W. Marker is in South Newport News in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Richneck Road 0.1 miles south of Jefferson Avenue (Virginia Route 143), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 177 Richneck Rd, Newport News VA 23608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Grave site of Col. Miles Cary image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 18, 2021
3. Grave site of Col. Miles Cary
Col. Miles Cary
Member House of Burgesses
1655 - 1708
Virginia Conservation Com, 1946
. Richneck Plantation (here, next to this marker); Warwick Courthouse (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Warwick Courthouse (approx. 1.4 miles away); Warwick Court House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Olivet Christian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Warwick County Confederate Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); Two USCT Heroes (approx. 1.9 miles away); Windmill Point (approx. 2.2 miles away).
 
Grave site of Mary (Milner) Cary image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 18, 2021
4. Grave site of Mary (Milner) Cary
Mary (Milner) Cary
Wife of Miles Cary
1667 - 1700
Virginia Conservation Com, 1946
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 18, 2021
5. Grave site stone
Here lyeth ye body of Mary the wife of Miles Cary & daughter of Thomas Milnvr and Mary his wife, late of Nanzemond County. Dec'd. shee was born the 6th of August 1667 and died the 27th of October 1700 in the 34th year of her age. Ifsuelefs.

Also the body of Col. Miles Cary, husband of said Mary, who died Feb'ry 17th, 1708 & left 2 sons Wilson & Miles and 2 daughters Mary & Ann by Mary, ye daughter of Col. Wm. Wilson of Hampton.

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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