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

Swineyards - Willcox Wharf

Charles City County, Virginia

 
 
Swineyards - Willcox Wharf Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
1. Swineyards - Willcox Wharf Marker
Inscription.  This area was settled before 1622 by George Shinehow. Tobacco warehouses and docks were located at Swineyards and Willcox Wharf. A post office was established at Swineyards in 1848 and later located at Willcox Wharf. Landmarks have included Bethany Presbyterian Church (est. 1869), Little Elam Church (est. 1886), Bethany School (later known at Little Elam School), Little Elam Pilgrim School, the Taylor Male Female Seminary (est. 1847), Woodburn School (est. 1886) and a general merchandise store, operated first by the Willcox family and later by H. C. Bourne. Prominent area homes include the home of H. C. Bourne, now known as Indian Fields Tavern, Auburn, Buckland, River Edge, Colesville, which served as Grant's headquarters, and Woodburn, the home built by John Tyler in 1813 and later owned by Judge Isaac Christian. The homes of Indian Fields, Center Farm and Buckland, the residence of Judge James M. Willcox, formerly stood in this vicinity.
 
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CommunicationsEducationSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWaterways & VesselsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #10 John Tyler, and the Postal Mail and Philately series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1622.
 
Location. 37° 19.919′ N, 77° 6.448′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is at the intersection of John Tyler Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 5) and Wilcox Wharf Road (Virginia Route 618), 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grant's Crossing (here, next to this marker); Captain John Smith’s Trail on the James (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Captain John Smith’s Trail on the James (approx. one mile away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake
Swineyards - Willcox Wharf Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 3, 2007
2. Swineyards - Willcox Wharf Marker
Shown alongside Grant's Crossing marker (V 9).
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Wilcox’s Landing (approx. 1.1 miles away); John Tyler's Birthplace (approx. 1½ miles away); Eye Witness to a Revolution (approx. 2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,856 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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