Near Varina in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Deep Bottom Park
Captain John Smith’s Adventures on the James
Marshes producing plants with edible tubers and seeds are often found in the vicinity of oxbows, like the breadbasket marsh along the mouth of Fourmile Creek. This marsh may have supplied arrow arum, spatterdock and wild rice for the Arrohateck Indians who lived nearby.
Capt. John Smith’s Trail
John Smith knew the James River by its Algonquian name: Powhatan, the same as the region’s paramount chief. Smith traveled the river many times between 1607 and 1609, trading with Virginia Indians to ensure survival at Jamestown. What he saw of Virginia’s verdant woodlands and pristine waters inspired him to explore the greater Chesapeake Bay, chronicling its natural wonders.
Deep Water Pockets
Deep Bottom was named for the many unusual, deep water pockets scattered in the James River here, one of which
During the Civil War, a pontoon bridge here linked Federal troops located north and south of the James River. Its steady use began in June 1864, and the Union’s Army of the James continued to use this key river crossing until the end of the war.
Erected by Captain John Smith’s Trail, James River Association, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. (Marker Number 11.)
Location. 37° 24.446′ N, 77° 18.31′ W. Marker is near Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Deep Bottom Road 0.3 miles east of James Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located near the Deep Bottom Boat Ramp on the James River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9525 Deep Bottom Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deep Bottom Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); First Battle of Deep Bottom Pleasants V. Pleasants (approx. 1.3 miles away); New Market Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Nathaniel Bacon (approx. 1˝ miles away); Curles Neck and Bremo (approx. 1˝ miles away); Captain Thomas Harris (approx. 1˝ miles away); The War of 1812 / Richmond's War of 1812 Defensive Camps (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varina.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a depiction of the exploration of the James River by English colonist. The photo carries the caption, "“The New World” © MMV, New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo by Merie Wallace. Photo appears courtesy of New Line Productions, Inc."
On the upper center is a sketch of an English shore party with the caption, "Drawing by Marc Castelli for the James Smith Four Hundred Project. © 2006”
On the upper right is a map of Captain John Smith's Trail with the caption, "Capt. John Smith’s Trail on the James is a 40-site water trail and auto tour for modern explorers."
On the bottom
Also see . . . Captain John Smith’s Trail. (Submitted on November 25, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Natural Features • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,617 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.