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Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Waters Creek

Dammed in 1930

 
 
Waters Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Waters Creek Marker
Inscription. Preface: Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by 1634, became extinct in 1952 when it was designated the city of Warwick. It merged with Newport News in 1958.

In 1624, Governor Sir Francis Wyatt granted Edward Waters a patent for 100 acres between Waters Creek and Blunt Point. Waters had served on the ill-fated voyage of the ship Sea Venture under Sir George Somers in 1609. After the vessel wrecked off Bermuda, the survivors constructed the ship Deliverance and sailed on to Virginia. It was this wreck that William Shakespeare immortalized in his play, The Tempest. Waters continued to serve at sea until his marriage to Grace O’Neil in 1618. The couple settled on his patent six years later and then acquired another hundred acres in Buckroe. Before his death in 1629, Waters served as a member of the House of Burgesses, a militia officer, and a justice. His name remained linked to the waterway until the creek was dammed in 1930. A gristmill was erected on Waters Creek sometime in the seventeenth century, and successive mills (including Causey’s Mill, completed in 1866) operated there until the late nineteenth century.

Ownership
Newport News Founders’ Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Newport News Founders’ Trail Marker
This marker is one in a series of markers detailing the history of the Newport News area.
of this land passed through several families until the twentieth century. William Whitby received a patent in 1652 for a 1,300-acre tract, including this property, on Waters Creek. In 1675, John Langhorne purchased this tract from William Whitby, Jr. Six years later, Langhorne acquired another 690 acres. The Langhorne property of 1,990 acres was included in a new patent dated September 11, 1681. The Langhorne family owned this land for another five generations, with their family seat located near the mouth of Waters Creek on the James River. John Mallicote purchased the property from William Langhorne in 1815. The Mallicote family retained this tract until John Gambol purchased it in 1845. He died seven years later, and the land remained with his descendants until the Mariners’ Museum acquired it in 1930.
 
Erected 2007 by Newport News Founders’ Trail.
 
Location. 37° 3.553′ N, 76° 29.018′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Warwick Boulevard (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Estelle and George Abernathy (a few steps from this marker); Leifr Eiriksson
Waters Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 28, 2014
3. Waters Creek Marker
In this updated photograph, you can see the historic grist mill has been relocated closer to the marker. The mill's foundation is still visible at the water's edge.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Captain Christopher Newport (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church Morrison (approx. 0.7 miles away); Morrison (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hidenwood (approx. 0.9 miles away); Capture of the 'Patriot' (approx. 1.2 miles away); Skirmish at Waters Creek (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a portrait of Governor Sir Francis Wyatt.
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Causey’s Mill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
4. Causey’s Mill
This 1866 gristmill is located on Waters Creek, just south of the marker.
Causey's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 28, 2014
5. Causey's Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on September 30, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on November 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on September 30, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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