Jamestown in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hardwood Harvest
The ashes of hardwood logs were mixed with water, strained, and heated to a syrup-like consistency. Cooled and hardened in pots, the mixture could be shipped to England. In time the settlers cleared all of the hardwood forests from Jamestown Island.
Today’s forest is regrowth, mostly of pine.
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era.
Location. 37° 12.107′ N, 76° 45.7′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Loop Drive, on the left when traveling east. 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. Harvesting Ice (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The “Island House” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Medical Discoveries Homes to Last (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jamestown Island (approx. 0.6 miles away); Excellent Good Timber (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bowl, Pot, and Pipe (approx. 0.7 miles away); Virginia’s Vintage (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 colonists burning hardwood to produce potash and soap ash.
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 715 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.