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Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ditch and Mound

 
 
Ditch and Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Ditch and Mound Marker
Inscription.  Dozens of open ditches crisscrossed Jamestown. A ditch and its mound could mark a property boundary, line the edge of a road, or drain swampy soil. Ditches also served as handy trash dumps. Two major ditches, several feet wide and hundreds of feet long, intersected at this point.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.464′ N, 76° 46.522′ 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. Oyster Shells to Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); Gardens and Crops (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ambler House (within shouting distance of this marker); Row Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); A Campsite pre-1607
Ditches and Mounds image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Ditches and Mounds
This photo shows examples of the many ditches and mounds that exist in Jamestown's "New Towne."
(within shouting distance of this marker); Water and Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Upper-Class Neighborhood 1630s-1699 (about 300 feet away); The Jamestown Riverfront 1630-1690 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Jamestowne. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 672 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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