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Manquin in King William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Headquarters of Opechancanough

 
 
Headquarters of Opechancanough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 6, 2009
1. Headquarters of Opechancanough Marker
Inscription.  Near here stood the town of Menmend, home of the paramount chief Opechancanough. During Powhatan's reign, Opechancanough was a king of the Pamunkey and a war chief of the Powhatans. He became paramount chief about 1629 when his brother Opitchipam died. Opechancanough organized the attacks of 1622 and 1644 against the English in an attempt to punish them for encroaching on Indian land. He was nearly 100 years old when he was captured after the conflict of 1644. Imprisoned at Jamestown, he was killed when a prison guard shot him in the back. The site of Opechancanough's home on the Pamunkey River has long been called The Island.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number OC-30.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative Americans.
 
Location. 37° 42.701′ N, 77° 9.027′ W. Marker is in Manquin, Virginia, in King William County. Marker is on Richmond Tappahannock Highway (U.S. 360) 0.2 miles east of Acquinton Church Road (Virginia Route 618
Richmond Tappahannock Highway (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 6, 2009
2. Richmond Tappahannock Highway (facing east)
), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manquin VA 23106, 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. Pamunkey Indians In The Civil War (a few steps from this marker); "Prestley Barn" (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Old Virginia Barn" (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sharon Indian School (approx. 2˝ miles away); Rumford Academy (approx. 2˝ miles away); Henry's Call to Arms (approx. 2.9 miles away); Cornwallis's Route (approx. 2.9 miles away); Montville (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manquin.
 
Also see . . .  Opechancanough. The Powhatan Museum of Indigenous Arts and Culture (Submitted on December 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,042 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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