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

Westover

 
 
Westover Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
1. Westover Marker
Inscription.  In 1619 the first settlement was made at Westover, about 2 miles southeast. Two settlers died in the Powhatan uprising of 1622. Theodorick Bland bought Westover in 1666; William Byrd I acquired it in 1688. About 1730 his son, Colonel William Byrd II, built the present house, which exemplifies the high level of architectural quality attained during the colonial era. In Janaury 1781 the British army under General Charles Cornwallis crossed the James River at Westover in pursuit of the Marquis de Lafayette.
 
Erected 1991 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V-8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1619.
 
Location. 37° 19.863′ N, 77° 11.45′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is at the intersection of John Tyler Memorial
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Highway (Virginia Route 5) and Kimages Road, on the right when traveling east on John Tyler Memorial Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (here, next to this marker); Herring Creek & Kimages (here, next to this marker); First English Thanksgiving in Virginia (a few steps from this marker); Emanuel Quivers (a few steps from this marker); Stuart's Ride (approx. ¼ mile away); Herring Creek (approx. half a mile away); Berkeley and Harrison's Landing (approx. one mile away); Willie Johnston (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
 
Also see . . .  Westover Plantation. (PDF) National Register of Historic Places documentation for the plantation. (Submitted on July 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Westover Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
2. Westover Marker
Shown with markers Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (V 7) and Herring Creek & Kimages.
Westover (north side) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 29, 2010
3. Westover (north side)
Westover (south side) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 29, 2010
4. Westover (south side)
Westover - North Elevation image. Click for full size.
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5. Westover - North Elevation
William Byrd II image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, January 18, 2014
6. William Byrd II
This 1700-1704 portrait of William Byrd II by Sir Godfrey Kneller hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

"William Byrd II inherited a great deal of property In Virginia that, together with the force of his personality and his own accomplishments, made him one of the most prominent and powerful men in the colony. He was educated and practiced law in England and traveled extensively there and on the Continent. Before returning to America, he commissioned this stylish portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller, the principal painter to the British monarch. Byrd was a successful tobacco planter and served for many years on the Virginia Council. In 1728 he played a lead role in surveying the Virginia-North Carolina boundary line. One result of this work was Byrd's book, The History of the Dividing Line Run in the Year 1728, a colorful account of Virginia's history and its flora and fauna. Late in life he built Westover, a Georgian mansion on the James River, where he housed his collection of thirty portraits of family and other persons of note." -- National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,700 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on June 2, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on September 23, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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