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

Hargrove's Tavern

 
 
Hargrove's Tavern Marker Closeup image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson
1. Hargrove's Tavern Marker Closeup
Inscription. On 10 May 1779, during the Revolutionary War, a British expeditionary force commanded by Gen. Edward Matthews disembarked in Portsmouth to capture the major Tidewater Virginia towns. About 200 Nansemond County militia under Col. Willis Riddick immediately assembled in Suffolk and marched toward Portsmouth. While the main body camped about a mile west on the night of 11 May, Capt. King and Capt. Davis came here to Hargrove's Tavern. After a British advance party surprised them and killed Davis, King hastened to warn the Virginia camp. The militia retreated to Suffolk and later dispersed as the enemy approached. The British burned Suffolk on 13 May.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-270.)
 
Location. 36° 49.438′ N, 76° 29.779′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is on Nansemond Parkway (Virginia Route 337), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4400 Nansemond Parkway, Suffolk VA 23435, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glebe Church (a few steps from this marker); Bennett's Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sleepy Hole Ferry
Hargrove's Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson
2. Hargrove's Tavern Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Yeates School (approx. ¼ mile away); Florence Graded School (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier (approx. half a mile away); James Bowser Plantation (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
 
More about this marker. The inscription for Hargrove’s Tavern (K-270) is almost identical to the one for Revolutionary Camp (K-254). Both markers give an account of the same four days in May 1779 with slight variances in details. See the illustration below, “A Comparative of K-270 and K-254.”
 
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Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
A Comparative of K-270 and K-254. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark
3. A Comparative of K-270 and K-254.
These photos of K-270 (Hargrove’s Tavern) and K-254 (Revolutionary Camp) were taken on 08/31/2011 and 09/24/2017, respectively. Their inscriptive variances are highlighted in orange.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 724 times since then and 97 times this year. Last updated on November 19, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States.   3. submitted on November 19, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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