Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Widow Tapp House
The Tapps operated a subsistence farm, planting corn and keeping a few pigs and milk cows. A crib, stable, and small orchard were the property’s other improvements.
Although it survived the Battle of the Wilderness, the Tapp House fell into disrepair and eventually disappeared. Archeologists located the house site in 1989. Like so many other anonymous places, the Civil War transformed this isolated homestead from local obscurity into national recognition.
Location. 38° 17.503′ N, 77° 43.573′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Orange Plank Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at stop five of the walking trail of the Widow Tapp Farm. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Earthworks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); In The Nick of Time Lee-to-the-Rear (about 600 feet away); The Texans Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crisis in the Wilderness (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee to the rear! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilderness Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The bottom right of the marker contains In 1865 painting of the Tapp Cabin by George Leo Frankenstein. The left portion of the marker features a photograph with the caption Archaeological students discovered the Widow Tapp House site based on historical research, sophisticated remote sensing technology, and traditional archaeological methods.
Also see . . . Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,760 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.