Near Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Slavery on the Eastern Shore
In 1655 John Custis II owned five slaves and nine indentured servants. By 1677 he had increased his holdings to 17 slaves, very probably to help build the Arlington mansion. As he bought more land, he also bought more slaves. The descendants of some of those slaves, known as the Custis Slaves, lived in the Old Plantation Creek area until the beginning of the 20th century.
Erected by Arlington Foundation, Inc.
Location. 37° 13.727′ N, 76° 0.198′ W. Marker is near Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker is on 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); Indians (here, next to this marker); The Custis Tombs (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape Charles Colored School (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cape Charles (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cape Charles to Little Creek (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Charles.
This and the other three markers are in obvious disrepair (this one less-so). 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.
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