Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Largest and Most Valuable Estate in the County
By 1800, Tidewater soil was exhausted from generations of tobacco cultivation. John Taylor’s Arator (1813) discusses the rejuvenation of the soil through crop rotation, deep plowing, draining and enclosing livestock. In 1832, Edmund Ruffin’s “Essay on Calcareous Manures” details the use of marl for reversing soil acidity and harvesting higher yield crops. Richard Lee and Peninsula farmers practiced these new methods of cultivation, and they formed the Middle Plantation Agricultural Society for the promotion of scientific farming in 1860.
The Civil War brought destruction and ruin for Lee’s farm and property. In 1862, the Confederates
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1871.
Location. 37° 11.981′ N, 76° 34.518′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Yorktown Road (Virginia Route 238), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located on the grounds of Lee Hall Mansion. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Earthwork in Front (within shouting distance of this marker); A Large Brick Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); Homestead by the Main Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Master and Slaves (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Lee Hall (about 600 feet away); Lee Hall Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); C&O "Peninsula Extension" (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. The right of the marker features an image of “An advertisement for the 1860 Middle Plantation Agricultural Society Exhibition [which] appealed to local agriculturalists in Warwick.”
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers located at Lee Hall.
Also see . . .
1. Lee Hall Mansion. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Peninsula Campaign. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,254 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.