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Near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Popes Creek Plantation

 
 
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By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
1. Popes Creek Plantation Marker
Inscription. Look at the landscape around you. Augustine Washington's reasons for settling here in 1718 are apparent. The ground to your left is slightly elevated and well drained - perfect for farming. Before you, Popes Creek teems with life: fish, crabs, and waterfowl. Deer and other game abound in the surrounding forests. Fresh water is abundant from numerous springs. And a mile to the northeast is the Potomac River, Augustine Washington's commercial lifeline to the world.

In an economy where crop prices fluctuated and soil was easily depleted, the acquisition of land meant security and, often, wealth. While Augustine Washington's holdings were moderate, he aspired to join Virginia's propertied elite. His success depended almost entirely upon slaves and indentured servants laboring in tobacco fields, workshops, and in the kitchen and manor house. The whole operation resembled a small village.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 11.073′ N, 76° 55.015′ W. Marker is near 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. Marker is at or near this
Popes Creek Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
2. Popes Creek Plantation Marker
postal address: 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington’s Birthplace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archeology at Popes Creek (about 300 feet away); The Memorial Area (about 400 feet away); Dairy (about 400 feet away); The Historic Area (about 500 feet away); Explore a trail network (about 600 feet away); War in the Chesapeake (about 600 feet away); “O! say can you see…” (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
 
Also see . . .  George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Website of the National Park Service. (Submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial Era
 
The Land That Was Once Popes Creek Plantation Overlooking the Potomac River image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 2, 2010
3. The Land That Was Once Popes Creek Plantation Overlooking the Potomac River
George Washington Birthplace National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
4. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 808 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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