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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Northumberland County, Virginia
Adjacent to Northumberland County, Virginia
▶ Accomack County (122) ▶ Lancaster County (27) ▶ Richmond County (9) ▶ Westmoreland County (83) ▶ Somerset County, Maryland (37) ▶ St. Mary's County, Maryland (269)
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|Two miles northeast, at Lodge, stood the Chambers Stamp Factory, owned by the same family for our generations. Founded in Washington, D.C., about 1830 by Benjamin Chambers, Sr., an engraver and inventor of a breech-loading cannon, the company . . . — — Map (db m22491) HM|
|Greater love hath
that a man lay down his life
for his friends.
John 15:13 — — Map (db m158749) WM|
|The Rev. Paymus (Pyramus) Nutt, born into slavery, helped organize four African American churches in Northumberland County after the Civil War. In 1866 he co-founded First Baptist. Shiloh Baptist, established in 1867, called him to be its first . . . — — Map (db m99406) HM|
The War of 1812
Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America’s War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians . . . — — Map (db m76405) HM|
|The Virginia General Assembly incorporated the Northumberland Academy in 1818. The school provided classical education for male students to prepare them for college or positions of leadership in the community. Because universal state funded . . . — — Map (db m22949) HM|
|Five miles northeast is the site of Northumberland House, built by the third Peter Presley, who was murdered in 1750. He was the last male descendant of the first William Presley, who settled there and who was a Burgess as early as 1647. Mantua, . . . — — Map (db m22715) HM|
|On 5 Sept. 1791, Robert Carter III (1728-1804), one of the wealthiest men in the United States, filed a deed of manumission at the Northumberland County Courthouse. This document eventually freed more than 500 enslaved African Americans owned by . . . — — Map (db m99410) HM|
|John Heath was born on 8 May 1758 in Northumberland County. He attended William & Mary College and on 5 Dec. 1776, he and four of his classmates founded Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious undergraduate honors organization. He became its first president. . . . — — Map (db m22550) HM|
In memory of
the soldiers of
who gave their lives for the
cause of their
and the South.
is erected by the
Capt. R. H. Hall. . . . — — Map (db m76413) WM|
This site first patented in 1663 was the site of the first courthouse built c.1681. The present courthouse built in 1851 is the third on this site. — — Map (db m76414) HM WM|
|Originally known as Hughlett’s Tavern, this building, located behind the courthouse, served visitors to court for more than 150 years. John Hughlett erected the original portion of the tavern before 1795. Griffin H. Foushee, who purchased it in . . . — — Map (db m22709) HM|
|Formed in 1653 as Chickacone Parish and renamed Fairfield in 1664. The upper part was known locally as Bowtracy Parish. When St. Stephen’s Parish was formed in 1698, Fairfield became its lower part and Bowtracy its upper part. — — Map (db m22706) HM|
|Two miles east on 3 Aug. 1814, 500 British marines
and seamen under Adm. Sir George Cockburn
landed at Mundy’s Point and Kinsale. Opposing
the enemy at the Point were Capt. William
Henderson and thirty Northumberland county
militiamen. . . . — — Map (db m97687) HM|
|On the hill is Morattico Church, organized in 1778, the mother Baptist church of the Northern Neck. The present building was erected in 1856. Lewis Lunsford, first pastor, is buried here. — — Map (db m24477) HM|
|Settled by Englishmen about 1640, Cherry Point
was later a childhood home of Mary Ball, the
mother of George Washington. In August 1814
American militia repulsed a British force there.
From the early 1800s to the 1940s, steamboats
plied the . . . — — Map (db m22531) HM|
|In 1868, Caroline Putnam (1826–1917) established a school for the children of former slaves here. In 1869, her lifelong friend, Sallie Holley (1818–1893) of N.Y., abolitionist and suffragette, purchased this two-acre site. Holley was an . . . — — Map (db m22532) HM|
|During the War of 1812, on 7 Aug. 1814 ten
British ships and smaller vessels appeared on
the Coan River, which flows into the Potomac.
The invaders sent three barges to capture
three American schooners situated within two
miles of . . . — — Map (db m22536) HM|
|One mile west stands Coan Baptist Church. The Congregation, first known as Wicomico Baptist Church, was organized on 17 November 1804. The members worshiped in each other’s houses until a frame building, Coan Meeting House, was moved to this site in . . . — — Map (db m22534) HM|
|Following paramount chief Opechancanough’s 1644 organized attacks against the English colonists for encroaching on Indian lands, Governor William Berkeley led further military strikes against the Virginia Indians in July 1645, taking many prisoners. . . . — — Map (db m46718) HM|
|Originally known as Northumberland County Training School, this institution opened in 1917, under principal John M. Ellison. Local African Americans raised more than $7,000 to build the school and received additional funding from the Rosenwald Fund. . . . — — Map (db m22954) HM|
|This stack was constructed around 1902 by the Morris-Fisher Co. At the time it was the largest commercial fish processing plant in the United States. In 2011, after years of weather and extensive lightning damage, the stack was restored under the . . . — — Map (db m97781) HM|
|Elijah W. Reed, a New England ship captain, established the town in 1874 after building a factory here to process menhaden, a small bony fish rich in oil. Reedville soon became the center of the industry and home port to the Atlantic menhaden fleet. . . . — — Map (db m22959) HM|
The War of 1812
Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America’s War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians . . . — — Map (db m76404) HM|