Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Remarkable Collection 1670-1700
Perhaps members of the Henry Hartwell household who lived nearby dumped a damaged shipment of pottery or unwanted household items here, at the edge of their property.
“ . . . the ditch had served, apparently, as a dump for broken dishes and other refuse from a nearby house. It yielded enormous quantities of wine bottles, ceramic vessels, Delft tiles, and innumerable types of utensils and tools.”
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
Topics. This historical marker Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1669.
Location. 37° 12.438′ N, 76° 46.45′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in the "New Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. May-Hartwell Site 1660-1699 (here, next to this marker); A Diverse Jamestown Household 1620-1640 (within shouting distance of this marker); An Upper-Class Neighborhood 1630s-1699 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ambler House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Home 1620s (within shouting distance of this marker); Fences and Livestock (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Row Houses (about 400 feet away); Ditch and Mound (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a photograph of “A conservator mending wine bottle fragments, ca. 1930s.” The bottom left of the marker contains a “Map showing [the] ditch behind May-Hartwell house where Sgraffito slipware items were excavated.” Next to this is a picture of an intact Sgraffito slipware plate or charger. Illustrations of a Sgraffito slipware jug and an Earthenware baking oven appear on the upper left of the marker.
Also see . . .
1. A Remarkable Collection 1670 - 1700. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. (Submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 821 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.