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Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Widow Tapp House

 
 
The Widow Tapp House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. The Widow Tapp House Marker
This is the Fifth in a series of markers along a walking trail on the Tapp Field. It can be reached from a parking lot off the Orange Plank Road.
Inscription. The Tapp Farm exemplifies the lifestyle of most Wilderness residents. Catharine Tapp, age 55 in 1860, leased her land from the Lacy family who owned nearby Ellwood. The Widow Tapp shared her modest 1-1/2 story log home with five relatives and a laborer. She owned no slaves.

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
Widow Tapp Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. Widow Tapp Farm
This field, one of the few open areas in the Wilderness, was the site of the Widow Tapp Farm. It saw intense action on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness.
(about 600 feet away); 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
 
Stop Five on the Widow Tap Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Stop Five on the Widow Tap Trail
Tapp House Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. Tapp House Location
 
 
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.
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