Near Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The area surrounding Herring Creek was inhabited by Native Americans until the English settled here in 1619, establishing two tracts of land called Westover and Berkeley Hundred, bordered on the South by the James River and on the North by Herring Creek. Here were born Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and fifth Governor of Virginia; his son, William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States; and William Byrd II, who founded Richmond in 1737 at the Falls of the James.
In the 1860's Herring Creek was the site of several skirmishes between Confederate forces and the Union Army which encamped nearby. Brigadier General Nathan Kimball, U.S. Army reported: "I have the honor to report that, in compliance with orders from General Keyes, I moved my brigade on the morning of the 3d instant across Herron [Herring] Creek to the extreme right... While reconnoitering in person I was fired at
Location. 37° 19.819′ N, 77° 10.922′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker is at the intersection of Herring Creek Road (Virginia Route 640) and John Tyler Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 5), on the left when traveling south on Herring Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stuart's Ride (approx. ¼ mile away); First English Thanksgiving in Virginia (approx. half a mile away); Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (approx. half a mile away); Westover (approx. half a mile away); Herring Creek & Kimages (approx. half a mile away); Berkeley and Harrison's Landing (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Official Thanksgiving (approx. 0.9 miles away); Salem Church (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles City.
Categories. • Animals • Colonial Era • Native Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 166 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.