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Near Lawrenceville in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Colonial Dames of America Monument

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
1. The Colonial Dames of America Monument Marker
Inscription. In 1924 the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia acquired three and three-quarters acres of land on which the fort was presumed to have been built, then erected a monument of concrete embedded with arrowheads and surmounted with a cannon. On May 22nd a ceremony took place and the monument was unveiled by young Ada McCrae, a descendent of Governor Alexander Spotswood. Brunswick Stew was served and songs, prayers and speeches were given. A group of Virginia Indians attended in full regalia. The highlight of the day was a speech by Judge Edward Buford. He spoke, some remembered, for a long time, but his words were eloquent. He closed by pleading that “modem civilization remember kindly…those dark-skinned inhabitants who shot their swift arrows in our forests, who took of the finny tribes in these creeks and who gathered their golden maize in their sunny banks.” Later visitors pried the arrowheads from the concrete and defaced the monument. It was replaced by the present granite marker in the 1960s.

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Archaeological excavations in the late 1970s and 2001-2004 proved this was, indeed, the site of the fort and established the palisade line. Seeking to protect the entire fort site and river frontage from further commercial activity the Brunswick County Board
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By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
2. The Colonial Dames of America Monument & Marker.
of Supervisors bought an additional twenty-two and one-quarter acres surrounding the Colonial Dames’ property in 2001. In August 2004 a celebration was held again at Fort Christanna, with county and state officials on hand, and members of Meherrin and Saponie Indian tribes in regalia. The Virginia Society of the Colonial Dames and the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors signed a cooperative agreement for further development of the Fort as a historic site. Its distinction as a site on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail was announced and the Native Americans sang, drummed, danced, and blessed the grounds.
 
Location. 36° 42.849′ N, 77° 52.221′ W. Marker is near Lawrenceville, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker can be reached from Fort Hill Road 1.1 miles west of Christanna Highway (Virginia Route 46), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located within the Fort Christanna Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Christanna (here, next to this marker); Governor Alexander Spotswood (a few steps from this marker); Fort Christanna: Established 1714 (within shouting distance of
The Colonial Dames of America Marker & Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
3. The Colonial Dames of America Marker & Monument.
this marker); Native Americans and Fort Christanna (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Christanna (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Christanna (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd (approx. 2.3 miles away); Brunswick County Courthouse (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrenceville.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of the "Original monument erected 1924." On the right is a map of the Fort Christanna Historic site boundaries.
 
Also see . . .  The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. (Submitted on June 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Fort Christanna Historic Site. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
4. Fort Christanna Historic Site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 943 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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