Jamestown in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Golden Weed
Seeds from South America and the West Indies, grown in Virginia’s soil and climate, produced a pleasing leaf. From 1615 to 1619, tobacco exports increased twentyfold.
In 1617, a captain found “the marketplace, and streets, and all other spare places planted with Tobacco.” After four more years, a report confessed, “there is no Commodity but Tobacco.”
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1615.
Location. 37° 12.217′ N, 76° 44.521′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Loop Drive, on the left when traveling west. Marker is on Jamestown Island, along the Loop Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jamestown VA 23081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Site of Habitation (approx. ¼ mile away); Iron for Corn (approx. ¼ mile away); Silk Worn and Silk Spun Virginia’s Vintage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bowl, Pot, and Pipe (approx. 0.4 miles away); Glebe Land (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jamestown Island (approx. 0.7 miles away); Early Medical Discoveries (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of Jamestown colonists harvesting a tobacco crop and loading a wagon to transport it to waiting ships.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a virtual tour of markers located along the Loop Drive on Jamestown Island.
Also see . . .
1. Island Loop Drive. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 27, 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. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 27, 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 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 743 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.