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

Indians

First People Of The Eastern Shore

 
 
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Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox
1. Indians Marker
Inscription.  When the English first visited the Eastern Shore in 1608, they found an area which had been inhabited for centuries by Algonquian Indian Tribes. Today archaeologists have found on or near the Arlington Plantation, shards of ceramics known as Roanoke ware and ossuaries burial bundles from the Early Archaic (8000-6500 B.C.) through the late Woodland Contact period.

Research indicates that the village of Accawmack, seat of Esmy Shichans, the Laughing King, was at the mouth of Old Plantation Creek, as was later the Custis mansion. By 1622 Thomas Savage, an interpreter and English settler, had established a home nearby on land given to him by Esmy Shichans, and their friendship made for a peaceful environment between the Indians and the English planters living in the southern part of the peninsula.

However, after the deaths of both Shichans and Savage, relationships changed as planters pushed for more and more land on which to grow corn and tobacco. By the l64O's, some Indians (now known as the Gingaskins) remained in the Old Plantation Creek area, but many moved to acreage farther north on the Shore. Relations between
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the two groups became increasingly strained and contacts shifted from friendly to warlike skirmishes and bitter legal battles. By 1700 the Indians on the Shore passed from a position of prominence to one of virtual insignificance.
 
Erected by Arlington Foundation, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyColonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1608.
 
Location. 37° 13.727′ N, 76° 0.198′ W. Marker is near Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker can be reached from Arlington Chase Road north of Custis Tomb Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Charles VA 23310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mansion Site (here, next to this marker); Bacon's Rebellion (here, next to this marker); Slavery on the Eastern Shore (here, next to this marker); The Custis Tombs (within shouting distance of this marker); Elijah Baker (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Elijah Baker (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cape Charles Colored School (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cape Charles (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Charles.
 
Additional commentary.
Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox
2. Indians Marker

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This and the other three markers are in obvious disrepair. I visited this site in 2013, but am only just now posting. I hope they are in better shape now.
    — Submitted October 16, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
 
Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox
3. Indians Marker
Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox
4. Indians Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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