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Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sunray

 
 
Sunray Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Sunray Marker
Inscription. In 1908, the first long-term Polish settlement in Virginia was established in Norfolk County, now Chesapeake. The Piast colony, named for Polandís first royal dynasty, was called Sunray after the Virginia Railway Company depot that opened here in 1910. The immigrants first worked in mines and factories on the East Coast and then moved to this farming community platted by the Southern Homestead Corp. of Norfolk. They had to dig drains and grub the stumps of timbered lands, but soon built prosperous family farms. They maintained ties with the Polish diaspora and continued to be joined by new colonists for decades.
 
Erected 2013 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-276.)
 
Location. 36° 46.935′ N, 76° 24.648′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on Homestead Road 0.2 miles south of South Military Highway (U.S. 460), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Nansemond Indian Public School #9 (approx. half a mile away); Dale Point (approx. 1.6 miles away); Nansemond County / Norfolk County
Homestead Road (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Homestead Road (facing south)
(approx. 3 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 3.9 miles away); Justin Holland (approx. 4.2 miles away); A Living Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); General Lafayette Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Village of Deep Creek (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Homestead Road (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
3. Homestead Road (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 759 times since then and 147 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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