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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Proposed First University in English America

 
 
Proposed First University in English America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 11, 2007
1. Proposed First University in English America Marker
Inscription.  A "University and College" was authorized by the Virginia Company charter of 1618 at Henrico Town but never opened. Some 10,000 acres on the James River upstream from the new town were to provide agricultural income for the school. The college's mission was to Christianize Indian children and train them in "true Religion moral virtue and Civility." The Anglo-Powhatan War that began in 1622, the revocation of the Virginia Company's charter in 1624, and the lack of royal support for the project delayed the plans for Virginia's first college until 1693 when the College of William and Mary was established.
 
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V-30.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraEducationNotable EventsWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1618.
 
Location. 37° 26.118′ N, 77° 19.738′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia
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, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of New Market Road (Virginia Route 5) and Farmers Circle Drive, on the right when traveling west on New Market Road. Located with markers Action at Osborne's (V-48), Varina (V-33), Henrico Town (V-29), and Pocahontas (V-28). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Varina (here, next to this marker); Henrico Town (a few steps from this marker); Action at Osborne's (a few steps from this marker); Henrico History (a few steps from this marker); Pocahontas (a few steps from this marker); New Market Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); William Hatcher (within shouting distance of this marker); George Thorpe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Proposed First University in English America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, August 11, 2007
2. Proposed First University in English America Marker
Shown with markers Action at Osborne's (V-48), Varina (V-33), Henrico Town (V-9) and Pocahontas (V-8).
Proposed First University in English America Marker (relocated) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 26, 2017
3. Proposed First University in English America Marker (relocated)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,155 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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