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

Six-Mile Ordinary

 
 
Six-Mile Ordinary Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, July 13, 2009
1. Six-Mile Ordinary Marker
Inscription.  Six-Mile Ordinary, a popular 18th-century tavern also known as Allen's for its proprietor Isham Allen, stood six miles from Williamsburg. On 1 July 1774, a group of free holders congregated there and drafted the James City Resolves not to import British goods. Two years later, they gathered again to declare their support for American Independence. On 21 April 1781, Col. James Innes notified the governor that 500 British infantrymen, 50 horses, and 4 pieces artillery had come ashore at Burwell's Ferry. Because of this unexpected event, Innes and his troops retreated to Six-Mile Ordinary around midnight.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-34.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 21, 1781.
 
Location. 37° 20.366′ N, 76° 45.261′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia,
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in James City County. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Road (U.S. 60) and Lightfoot Road (County Route 646), on the right when traveling south on Richmond Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23188, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spencer's Ordinary (here, next to this marker); Green Spring (a few steps from this marker); James City County / York County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Norge Depot (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hot Water / Centerville (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lightfoot Home (approx. 2.8 miles away); Brown Home (approx. 2.8 miles away); Early Settlement and Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Six-Mile Ordinary, Spencer's Ordinary and Green Spring Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, July 13, 2009
2. Six-Mile Ordinary, Spencer's Ordinary and Green Spring Markers
View looking south on Route 60.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,508 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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