Deltaville in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Early Compass Rose
The compass rose originated around 1200 AD. It evolved from the wind rose, a device that used a wind vane and card with a rose-like design to indicated wind direction. The compass was born when first a lodestone, then a magnetized needle, was substituted for the wind vane. The four main points (cardinal directions) were N. E. S. and W. The four half-points (ordinal points) were NE, SE, SW, and NW. More points were added until there were 32, the recitation of which is called “boxing the compass”.
Modern Compass Rose
Modern compasses still use the compass rose, but the rose now generally is presented as two concentric rings. The out ring represents true directions, based on the location of the North Pole, while the inner ring represents magnetic directions, based on the location of magnetic north. The difference in the two directions is called “variation”, which is determined by the location of the compass and magnetic characteristics of the area immediately around the compass.
(upper left) Early compass rose
Compass Rose sculpture donated by Christi & Bob LeBoeuf
Crafted by Wade Brooks, Garden Creek Woodworks
Sign and sign holder donated by Christi & Bob LeBoeuf
Erected by Christi & Bob LeBoeuf.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1200.
Location. 37° 33.106′ N, 76° 19.422′ W. Marker is in Deltaville, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Jackson Creek Road (Virginia Route 660) 0.1 miles south of Bucks View Lane (Virginia Route 683), on the left when traveling south. The marker is on the property of the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 287Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville VA 23043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flagpole and Flag Etiquette (within shouting distance of this marker); Ruark Sculpture Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Fish Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Boarding Cutter (within shouting distance of this marker); Oyster Tongs (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oyster Tonging (about 300 feet away); The F.D. Crockett (about 300 feet away); Pette Spansell Clark (1908-2000) (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deltaville.
Also see . . . Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park. (Submitted on August 30, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.