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

Artery of Commerce

 
 
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By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
1. Artery of Commerce Marker
Inscription. Sailing ships and the rivers they travelled were vital to the tidewater plantations of Virginia and Maryland. They were the colonial counterpart to our vehicles, highways, and railroads.

In front of you is Popes Creek; beyond is the Potomac River. Every Potomac River plantation was an international port of call. A steady procession of ships graced the river, collecting hogsheads of tobacco for shipment to England and unloading both the necessities and niceties of colonial life.

The river not only linked the new world to the old, but linked the Potomac River plantations to one another. Regular interaction gave the Potomac River plantation families a strong collective identity distinct from that of the rest of tidewater Virginia.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 11.196′ N, 76° 54.938′ 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. Marker is at or near this 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. Dairy (about 400 feet away, measured
Artery of Commerce Marker Overlooking Popes Creek image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
2. Artery of Commerce Marker Overlooking Popes Creek
in a direct line); The Memorial Area (about 500 feet away); Archeology at Popes Creek (about 500 feet away); George Washington’s Birthplace (about 600 feet away); Popes Creek Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Historic Area (approx. ¼ mile away); Explore a trail network (approx. ¼ mile away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. ¼ mile 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.) 
 
Additional keywords. Popes Creek Plantation, Augustine Washington, George Washington
 
Categories. Colonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
Artery of Commerce Marker and Popes Creek image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
3. Artery of Commerce Marker and Popes Creek
The View From The Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
4. The View From The Marker
Looking back toward the replica colonial house
George Washington Birthplace National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
5. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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