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Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Samuel H. Yonge, Civil Engineer (1843-1935)

 
 
Samuel H. Yonge, Civil Engineer (1843-1935) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Samuel H. Yonge, Civil Engineer (1843-1935) Marker
Inscription. Near this location in 1901, Samuel H. Yongee, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, spearheaded the design and construction of a seawall/revetment that halted the rapid erosion and loss into the James River of the most-historic part of Jamestown Island. His efforts saved large portions of the island including Jamestown Fort, making possible continued significant archaeological finds at Jamestown. Yonge located, unearthed, and published many of his findings on the island. Another one of his achievements included the dredging of the James River from Richmond to Norfolk. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
 
Erected 2007 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V-440.)
 
Location. 37° 13.813′ N, 76° 46.791′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 31), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pocahontas (a few steps from this marker); Jamestown Road (within shouting distance of this marker); First Germans at Jamestown
Marker on Jamestown Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker on Jamestown Road
"Samuel H. Yonge, Civil Engineer (1843-1935)" is in a cluster of six markers.
(within shouting distance of this marker); First Africans In Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); First Africans in English America (within shouting distance of this marker); Jamestown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Poles Arrive (about 300 feet away); The Greate Road (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Story of Jamestown, by Samuel H. Yonge (published in 1907). (Submitted on September 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Persons
 
Jamestown Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Jamestown Island
Much of Yongee's work significantly impacted Jamestown Island, located a few miles west of the marker.
Excavation at James Fort image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. Excavation at James Fort
Excavation at James Fort, begun by Yonge, continues today, as seen in this photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 764 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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