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Near Lottsburg in Northumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cherry Point and Cowart’s Wharf

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. Cherry Point and Cowart’s Wharf Marker
Inscription. Settled by Englishmen about 1640, Cherry Point was later a childhood home of Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington. In August 1814 American militia repulsed a British force there. From the early 1800s to the 1940s, steamboats plied the waters of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and linked Baltimore with such Northern Neck ports of call as Cowart’s Wharf. There, by the late 19th century, Slater (“Bump”) Cowart had established a general store, seafood factory, and other businesses. From about 1920 to 1946, Samuel and Giles Headley built skipjacks, the preferred vessel of bay fisherman, at their nearby boatyard on Cherry Point.
 
Erected 1993 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O-53.)
 
Location. 37° 58.137′ N, 76° 31.728′ W. Marker is near Lottsburg, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Northumberland Highway (U.S. 360) and Lewisetta Road (County Route 624), on the left when traveling east on Northumberland Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lottsburg VA 22511, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holley Graded School (approx. 0.7 miles away);
Cherry Point and Cowart’s Wharf Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. Cherry Point and Cowart’s Wharf Marker
Chambers Stamp Factory (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Rev. Paymus Nutt (approx. 2.6 miles away); Coan Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); British Raids on the Coan River (approx. 2.7 miles away); British Attacks at Kinsale and Muddy Point / The War of 1812 (approx. 3.8 miles away); The War of 1812 / British Attacks at Kinsale and Mundy Point (approx. 3.8 miles away); Northumberland County / Westmoreland County (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
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1. Abstract of recorded interview V14 with John Cowart at the Steamboat Era Museum. “Fathers favorite steamboat was Dorchester - side wheeler - Remebers groups from Baltimore would come down in the summer on the steamboats - the Masons. Baltimore priciapal place during steamboat era. Talks about families involvement in civil war. Lake family in Dorchester Md supported the Confederacy. Lots of people went to Baltimore to get jobs.” (Submitted on September 17, 2009.) 

2. Abstract of recorded interview V39 with John Cowart at the Steamboat Era Museum. “Talks about his grandfather's experiences in the civil war.Would steal things from John's family because of his grandfathers involvement in the war. Yankees threated to burn house down - grandmother said that if the house was burned down they would have to burn her! they didnt burn down the house. Story about how Union soldier was killed on the road to Lottsburg and as a result a lot of houses were burned in the area.” (Submitted on September 17, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,121 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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