Surry in Surry County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Captain John Smith’s Adventures on the James
Chippokes Plantation State Park
—James River beach —
Percy also admired the man’s demeanor: “he entertained us in so modest a proud fashion, as though he had beene a Prince of civill government, holding his countenance without laughter or any such ill behaviour.” It is possible that this chief was the same Chippoke who befriended the colonists and according to Smith, “did always at our greatest need supply us with victuals of sorts, which he did notwithstanding the continual wars which we had in the rest of the country; and upon his deathbed charged his people that they should forever keep good quiet with the English.”
Shells as Thick as Stones
Capt. John Smith’s Trail
John Smith knew the James River by its Algonquian name: Powhatan, the same as the region’s paramount chief. Smith traveled the river many times between 1607 and 1609, trading with Virginia Indians to ensure survival at Jamestown. What he saw of Virginia’s verdant woodlands and pristine waters inspired him to explore the greater Chesapeake Bay, chronicling its natural wonders.
Capt. John Smith’s Trail on the James is a 40-site water trail and auto tour for modern explorers.
Erected by Captain John Smith’s Trail, James River Association,
Location. 37° 8.765′ N, 76° 44.304′ W. Marker is in Surry, Virginia, in Surry County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Chippokes Park Road (Virginia Route 665) and Plantation Road (Virginia Route 783), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located in Chippokes Plantation State Park near the Farm Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry VA 23883, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Working the Land (here, next to this marker); Quiyoughcohannock Indians (approx. 2˝ miles away); Hog Island (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bacon’s Castle (approx. 2.9 miles away); Jamestown Ferry (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lawne’s Creek Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Virginia’s Vintage (approx. 3.9 miles away); Bowl, Pot, and Pipe (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Surry.
Also see . . .
1. Captain John Smith’s Trail. (Submitted on September 27, 2016.)
2. Chippokes Plantation State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Submitted on September 27, 2016.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
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