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Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James Bowser Plantation

 
 
James Bowser Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, circa November 26, 2010
1. James Bowser Plantation Marker
Inscription. James Bowser, the only negro from Nansemond County to fight in the American Revolution, enlisted as a private in the Virginia Continental Line and was honorably discharged in 1782. Bowser returned to the county at the close of the Revolution and built his own business as a farmer and horse-breeder on land granted as bounty for his services to the Commonwealth. He married and reared a large family of free-born citizens.
 
Erected 1981 by the Descendants of James Bowser. (Marker Number K-310.)
 
Location. 36° 48.917′ N, 76° 31.512′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is on Sleepy Hole Road (County Road 629), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker stands on a corner of land with Monogram Field, a single diamond baseball field that belongs to Suffolk Parks and Recreation. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3731 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk VA 23434, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Revolutionary Camp (approx. 1.1 miles away); James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sleepy Hole Ferry (approx. 1 miles away); Yeates School
A view of the marker looking south, the direction of Nansemond Parkway (Route 337). image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 4, 2017
2. A view of the marker looking south, the direction of Nansemond Parkway (Route 337).
(approx. 1 miles away); Bennett's Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hargrove's Tavern (approx. 1.7 miles away); Glebe Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Florence Graded School (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
 
More about this marker. This marker for James Bowser Plantation has the same number K 310 as the marker for James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier, erected by the Department of Historic Resources, 1998 on Nansemond Parkway. See the other nearby markers section for the link.
 
Categories. African AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
A view of the marker looking north, the direction of Kings Highway (Route 125). image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 4, 2017
3. A view of the marker looking north, the direction of Kings Highway (Route 125).
Monogram Field and its parking area are in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 164 times since then. Last updated on September 10, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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