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


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April 26, 2009
1. Derwent Marker
Inscription.  Built 1841. First called "Cottage Hill." Name changed to "Derwent" in 1859.

Robert E. Lee with Mrs. Lee, son Custis and two daughters, Agnes and Mildred, lived here during the summer of 1865 as the guest of Mrs. E.R. Cocke. From this house he encouraged his fellow Southerners to unite in honest efforts to obliterate the effects of war and restore the blessings of peace, to take such work as they could find, to participate in elections, and to labor without needless repining for the rebuilding of their wasted land. In August he was offered the presidency of Washington College and on September 15th, he left "Derwent" for Lexington. His family followed in early December.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1864.
Location. 37° 36.332′ N, 78° 4.769′ W. Marker is near Powhatan, Virginia, in Powhatan County. Marker is on Derwent Road, 1.3 miles west of Treholm Road, in the median. The marker is located in the circle at the end of Derwent Road.

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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Powhatan VA 23139, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Muddy Creek School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mosby’s Tavern / Cumberland Old Courthouse (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rosenwald School at Cartersville (approx. 4.3 miles away); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Campaign of 1781 (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hamilton High School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Cumberland County / Powhatan County (approx. 4˝ miles away); Dunlora Academy (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Powhatan.
Derwent Marker image. Click for full size.
April 26, 2009
2. Derwent Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,180 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2009.

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