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


Marlborough Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
1. Marlborough Marker
Inscription.  Strategically situated at the tip of a peninsula jutting into the Potomac River at Potomac Creek, Marlborough was established under the Town Act of 1691 as a river port town. It served as the county seat of Stafford County from 1691 until about 1718. Marlborough never fully developed. In 1726, noted lawyer John Mercer (1705–1768) moved there and built Marlborough plantation and attempted to revive the town. Mercer had one of the largest private libraries in Virginia, in which the young George Mason received much of his education. Mercer’s attempt to revive the town was unsuccessful and it ceased to exist by the end of the 18th century.
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-75.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1691.
Location. 38° 22.53′ N, 77° 27.087′ W. Marker is
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near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles north of Centreport Parkway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg VA 22405, 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. Kidnapping of Pocahontas (here, next to this marker); "Lest We Forget" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Land for God's Work (approx. 1˝ miles away); Milton Snellings (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Original Bell of Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); History at Leeland Station (approx. 2.3 miles away); From Indian Path to Highway (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with the same number and title erected in the late 1920s or early 1930s south of here (about 4 miles north of Fredericksburg). It read, “At Potomac Neck, four miles east, land was laid off in 1691 for a port and the town of Stafford County, called Marlborough. Houses were built and the county court was held there for some years. The town did not grow, and in 1747, John Mercer bought the county’s rights in it.”
Marlborough Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
2. Marlborough Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,388 times since then and 215 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 22, 2023