Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dudley Digges House, circa 1760
— Colonial National Historical Park —
"…Lieutenant-colonel Tarleton directed them to charge into the town, (Charlottesville, Virginia)… and to apprehend, if possible, the governor and assembly. Seven members of the assembly were secured…and several officers and men, were killed, wounded, or taken." Lieutenant-Colonel Banastre Tarleton, A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781
One of the members of the Virginia assembly captured by the British during their Charlottesville raid on June 4, 1781 was the former lieutenant governor of the state, Dudley Digges. Digges’ capture ended his prominent political involvement in the American Revolution.
The Digges family had participated in colonial government since the immigration in 1650 of Dudley’ great-grandfather, Edward Digges, from England. Dudley was born around 1728 and by his early twenties was a practicing lawyer in York County. He served in the House of Burgesses from 1752 until the start of the American Revolutionary War. Throughout the war, Dudley remained active in numerous areas of Virginia government, including helping to write the commonwealth’s first constitution and
Dudley’s home, like so many other Yorktown houses, was damaged during the 1781 siege and rendered uninhabitable. Dudley moved to Williamsburg and died there in 1790.
Dudley Digges built this classic Virginia Tidewater style home around 1760. The outbuildings, wellhouse, kitchen, granary, and smokehouse are typical of those found in the colonial era. The house was restored in 1960 and the outbuildings reconstructed by the National Park Service in the 1970s.
The restoration work in 1960 revealed cannonball damage to the house from the 1781 siege as evidenced in this photograph.
In 1834 artist John Gadsby Chapman painted, “View of Yorktown,” showing Dudley Digges' house and a few dependencies on the far left side of the painting. Courtesy of Homeland Foundation, Incorporated, New York
Dudley Digges' signature Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1856.
Location. 37° 14.037′ N, 76° 30.388′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 Main St, Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sessions-Pope-Sheild Property (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Nelson House, circa 1730 (within shouting distance of this marker); William Nelson House Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yorktown Victory Monument (about 400 feet away); Charles Cox House (about 400 feet away); Bicentennial of the Treaties of Paris and Versailles (about 400 feet away); French American Revolutionary War Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
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