Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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The boat landing for Popes Creek Plantation was located somewhere near here. Several times a year, ships from England would anchor in the river channel.
A small fleet of boats would then ferry cargo - chinaware, spices, linens, wines, silver, and other luxuries - to the landing. On the return trip, the boats would carry hogsheads of Augustine Washington's primary cash crop, tobacco.
When the ships arrived, Washington's slaves would leave the fields and workshops and temporarily assume the duties of longshoremen. Little of the cargo they unloaded was for their own use or consumption.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 12.058′ N, 76° 55.928′ W. Marker is in Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Popes Creek Road. Touch for map. The marker is at George Washington Birthplace National Monument, one of our National Parks. To reach the marker, take the beach road to the left as you enter the park. Marker is at or near this
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paradise Found (within shouting distance of this marker); A New World on the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bay Today (within shouting distance of this marker); John Washington House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Burial Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry Brooks Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Muse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Artery of Commerce (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
Also see . . . George Washington Birthplace National Monument. A website of the National Park Service. (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
Additional keywords. George Washington Birthplace National Monument, National Parks
Categories. • Colonial Era • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 651 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.