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

The Hand Site

The Hand Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
1. The Hand Site Marker
Inscription.  East of here near the Nottoway River stood a Late Woodland Indian settlement occupied intermittently circa A.D. 700 to 1650, and long claimed by the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway). Excavated in the 1960s, occupation phases included features such as a fortified town and burials. In an area flanked by Iroquoian Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) and Meherrin to the north- and southwest, and by Algonquian Weyanoke, Nansemond, and Chowanoke tribes to the northeast and south, the site shows influences from both linguistic groups which may indicate both trade and use by different groups at different times. Archaeologists also found 17th century European iron scissors and hand wrought nails.
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-116.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1650.
Location. 36° 38.643′ N, 77° 1.826′ W.
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Marker is near Franklin, Virginia, in Southampton County. Marker is at the intersection of General Thomas Highway (Virginia Route 671) and Handsom Road (Virginia Route 734), on the right when traveling east on General Thomas Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, 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. Virginia Native Tribes/First Americans (approx. 3 miles away); General Thomas' Birthplace (approx. 3.2 miles away); "Thomaston" (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Thomaston (approx. 3˝ miles away); Marle Hill (approx. 4 miles away); Major Joseph E. Gillette (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Rebecca Vaughan House (approx. 4.9 miles away); William Mahone's Birthplace (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Gen Thomas Hwy & Handsom Rd image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
2. Gen Thomas Hwy & Handsom Rd
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,453 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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