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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Cape Charles, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Northampton County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Northampton County, VA (52) Accomack County, VA (122) Hampton Ind. City, VA (205) Mathews County, VA (22) Middlesex County, VA (39) Norfolk Ind. City, VA (111) Poquoson Ind. City, VA (14) Virginia Beach Ind. City, VA (167) York County, VA (159)  NorthamptonCounty(52) Northampton County (52)  AccomackCounty(122) Accomack County (122)  Hampton(205) Hampton (205)  MathewsCounty(22) Mathews County (22)  MiddlesexCounty(39) Middlesex County (39)  Norfolk(111) Norfolk (111)  Poquoson(14) Poquoson (14)  VirginiaBeach(167) Virginia Beach (167)  YorkCounty(159) York County (159)
Location of Cape Charles, Virginia
    Northampton County (52)
    Accomack County (122)
    Hampton (205)
    Mathews County (22)
    Middlesex County (39)
    Norfolk (111)
    Poquoson (14)
    Virginia Beach (167)
    York County (159)
 
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1Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — A Good StartCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
(panel 1) On June 2, 1608, John Smith and his crew set sail on the first of two voyages exploring the Chesapeake region. Their first stop was the Eastern Shore. At a place near today’s Cape Charles, they saw Indian men fishing with . . . — Map (db m98497) HM
2Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — WY-5 — Arlington
Two miles west stood Arlington, original home of the Custis Family, built by John Custis. The family tombs are still preserved there. Governor Wm. Berkeley made his headquarters there during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676. Arlington on the Potomac was . . . — Map (db m98646) HM
3Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Bacon's Rebellion
In 1676, John Custis II was recognized as a wealthy and powerful man, not only on the Eastern Shore, but also in Jamestown. When Nathaniel Bacon assembled a militia to overthrow the royal government at Jamestown, Governor William Berkeley fled to . . . — Map (db m98786) HM
4Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — WY-4 — Cape Charles
The Town of Cape Charles was founded in 1884 by Alexander Cassatt and William L. Scott as the southern terminusof the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad. The extension of tracks south from Maryland to Cape Charles opened the Northeastern . . . — Map (db m48952) HM
5Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — WY-73 — Cape Charles Colored School
Constructed in 1928, this school opened about 1930 for African American children in Cape Charles during legalized segregation. The building was constructed with contributions from the local African American community, the State Literary Fund, . . . — Map (db m51004) HM
6Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Cape Charles to Little Creek
SS Delmarva, SS Princess Anne, and the SS Pocahontas operated out of Cape Charles to Little Creek, VA, from about 1933 to 1950. The first two vessels handled the traffic from 1933 to 1941. In 1941, the SS Pocahontas was . . . — Map (db m52213) HM
7Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Chesapeake BayKiptopeke State Park
The Chesapeake Bay, vital to the survival of many species of shorebirds and birds of prey, provides fish, mollusks, and crabs as well as a variety of nesting habitats along the Eastern Shore. Many of these birds can be seen gliding along the hulls . . . — Map (db m98669) HM
8Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Concrete ShipsKiptopeke State Park
Placed in 1948 to create a breakwater for the ferry system, these nine World War II-era concrete ships provide a unique habitat for birds and marine life. Due to a steel shortage, these ships were built out of concrete in the early 1940s by . . . — Map (db m98500) HM
9Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — WY 26 — Elijah Baker(1742-1798)
Elijah Baker, Baptist preacher, began his ministry in Lunenburg County. As an itinerant in the 1770s, he helped found several churches in the counties along the James and York Rivers. He arrived in this area on Easter Sunday 1776 and traveled to . . . — Map (db m154163) HM
10Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Farm to MarketKiptopeke State Park
The Eastern Shore has a rich agricultural history--from large British land grant farms to post-civil war tenant farmers and from large commercial outfits to small organic farms. Agriculture continues to be the largest economic activity on the . . . — Map (db m98668) HM
11Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Fisherman Island NWR
Virginia’s southernmost barrier island includes about 1,850 acres of constantly shifting sand. Established as a refuge in 1969, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service acquired the last 25 acres of land in 2000. Protection Fisherman Island . . . — Map (db m98484) HM
12Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — IndiansFirst People Of The Eastern Shore
When the English first visited the Eastern Shore in 1608, they found an area which had been inhabited for centuries by Algonquian Indian Tribes. Today archaeologists have found on or near the Arlington Plantation, shards of ceramics known as Roanoke . . . — Map (db m98787) HM
13Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Mansion Site
Exploratory digs here in 1988 and 1994 uncovered a three brick wide foundation of an extraordinary 17th century home. Measuring 54 feet by 43.5 feet, this huge footing supported a structure described in 1709 as a "...Dwelling House built of brick . . . — Map (db m98785) HM
14Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Maritime HighwayKiptopeke State Park
Shipping traffic, commercial fisheries, recreation and tourism industries and the military rely on the Chesapeake Bay for its logistic potential. Native American canoes, colonial sailing ships, 20th century schooners, and modern cargo ships have . . . — Map (db m98665) HM
15Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Rails Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay
Rails from the original tracks laid on the riprap jetty in 1884 by the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad, for officials to spend the night and dine overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Presented in 1995 by the Eastern Shore . . . — Map (db m61362) HM
16Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — Slavery on the Eastern Shore
During the early decades of the l7th century, natives of Angola were brought to the Caribbean islands to work on the tobacco and sugar plantations. From there they were brought to Virginia. In 1619 a Dutch man-o-war ship brought the first Negroes . . . — Map (db m98793) HM
17Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater
A meteor/comet two miles wide crossed paths with Earth 35 million years ago. Moving at the speed of 21 miles per second, it crashed here, and what is today the town of Cape Charles, creating the sixth largest impact crater on earth. The meteor . . . — Map (db m85789) HM
18Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — The Custis Tombs
Here lie... John Custis II 1628-1695 John Custis IV 1678-1749 National Historic Landmark — Map (db m98795) HM
19Virginia (Northampton County), Cape Charles — The DunesKiptopeke State Park
An ever-changing dynamic ecosystem, established dune ridges make up the backbone of the Eastern Shore. Over time, tides and wind cause sand to accumulate creating sand dunes. Intense storms and human impacts can cause erosion to the fragile dune . . . — Map (db m98671)
 
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