“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Birthright and Beginnings

Birthright and Beginnings Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 4, 2021
1. Birthright and Beginnings Marker
[My] father, Spence Monroe … was a very worthy and respectable citizen possessed of good landed and other property.
(James Monroe, 1930)

ca. 1650: Andrew Monroe of Scotland patents 1,106 acres in Westmoreland County
ca. 1752: Spence Monroe and Elizabeth Jones marry, farm 500 acres on Monroe Creek
1758: James Monroe born at Monroe Hall, Westmoreland County (April 28)
1769: Enrolls at Rev. Archibald Campbell's Academy, Westmoreland County
ca. 1772: Death of mother Elizabeth Jones Monroe
1774: Enters College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
1774: Death of father Spence Monroe
1775: Monroe and other college students seize arms from Governor's Palace
Erected by The James Monroe Memorial Foundation. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraEducationWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1650.
Location. 38° 14.462′ N, 76° 
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59.343′ W. Marker is near Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from James Monroe Highway, 0.3 miles north of Old Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4460 James Monroe Hwy, Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monroe's Childhood Home (a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary Idealist (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldier - Statesman President James Monroe (within shouting distance of this marker); Interpreting the Birthplace Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of James Monroe (within shouting distance of this marker); Service to the Commonwealth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Monroe Birthplace (about 500 feet away); James Monroe's Virginia Legacy (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 13 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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