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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Colonial Beach

 
Clickable Map of Westmoreland 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 Westmoreland County, VA (83) Essex County, VA (27) King George County, VA (20) Northumberland County, VA (23) Richmond County, VA (9) Charles County, MD (142) St. Mary s County, MD (269)  WestmorelandCounty(83) Westmoreland County (83)  EssexCounty(27) Essex County (27)  KingGeorgeCounty(20) King George County (20)  NorthumberlandCounty(23) Northumberland County (23)  RichmondCounty(9) Richmond County (9)  CharlesCountyMaryland(142) Charles County (142)  St.Mary'sCounty(269) St. Mary's County (269)
Colonial Beach, Virginia and Vicinity
    Westmoreland County (83)
    Essex County (27)
    King George County (20)
    Northumberland County (23)
    Richmond County (9)
    Charles County, Maryland (142)
    St. Mary's County, Maryland (269)
 
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1Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — “O! say can you see…”Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you’ll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring the people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of . . . — Map (db m97038) HM
2Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — A New World on the Chesapeake
The generous resources of the Chesapeake Bay invited Englsih exploration and settlement of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. With Native American assistance, English settlers developed a cash crop industry. Tobacco cultivation and export was . . . — Map (db m34136) HM
3Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Archeology at Popes Creek
Most of what we know about George Washington's birthplace has come to us thanks to the archeologist's trowel. After generations of uncertainty about the location of the main plantation house, archeologists excavated its foundations in 1936. . . . — Map (db m158346) HM
4Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Artery of Commerce
Sailing ships and the rivers they travelled were vital to the tidewater plantations of Virginia and Maryland. They were the colonial counterpart to our vehicles, highways, and railroads. In front of you is Popes Creek; beyond is the Potomac . . . — Map (db m34201) HM
5Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Birthplace of James Monroe
. . . — Map (db m11940) HM
6Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — JP-6 — Birthplace of Monroe
In this vicinity stood the Monroe home where James Monroe, fifth president of the United States, was born, April 28, 1758. His father was Spence Monroe and his mother, Elizabeth Jones. He left home at the age of sixteen to enter William and Mary . . . — Map (db m11585) HM
7Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — JT-21 — Charles B. Smith99th Fighter Squadron — (Tuskegee Airmen) —
Born in Westmoreland County, Charles Bernard Smith (1917-1991) is one of more than 140,000 African Americans who served in the racially segregated U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Trained at Chanute Field, Illinois, in aircraft ground . . . — Map (db m22255) HM
8Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Colonial Beach Roll of HonorWorld War I * World War II
In reverent tribute to the men and women of Colonial Beach, VA. who have served our country. Left Column: World War II Stanley G. Adams • James W. Allison • William D. Bankett • James R. Barnes • William S. Barnes • James B. . . . — Map (db m20870) HM
9Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Dairy
Site of eighteenth-century dairy used by the Washingtons for storage of milk, cheese and other dairy products. The original brick floor is still in tact. Please leave undisturbed. — Map (db m34081) HM
10Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Explore a trail networkGeorge Washington Birthplace National Monument — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Here at George Washington Birthplace National Monument, discover the land that began Washington’s journey from English citizen to the first President of the United States. Today, visitors can follow in Washington’s footsteps on the Potomac Heritage . . . — Map (db m97039)
11Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Free to FightStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
To weaken the American economy, the British took tobacco and lured the enslaved labor force from plantations along the Potomac River. Physically fit males also provided the British with a valuable source of new recruits. The British offered . . . — Map (db m97035) HM
12Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — George Washington Birthplace Site
On the ground before you once stood the Tidewater plantation home where, on February 22, 1732, George Washington was born, the son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. — Map (db m100726) HM
13Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Henry Brooks Farm
At the distant end of the field in front of you stood the home of Henry Brooks, the first owner of much of what would become Popes Creek Plantation. As you look toward the house site, perhaps you can sense the isolation Henry Brooks must have . . . — Map (db m34080) HM
14Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — James Monroe1758 - 1831 — Soldier * Patriot * Statesman —
This marks the birthplace of James Monroe, April 28, 1758 Westmoreland County, Virginia Attended college of William & Mary; Officer, Continental Army, American Revolution; Married Elizabeth Kortright, 1786; US Senator; Minister . . . — Map (db m11941) HM
15Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — John Washington House
In 1664, John Washington, the great-grandfather of George Washington, built a small house on this site. From these modest beginnings, a powerful and prominent Virginia family would arise. During his thirteen years here, John Washington . . . — Map (db m34079) HM
16Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Link to the World
While the essentials of life could be had from the waters, fields, gardens, and forests of Popes Creek Plantation, true economic prosperity depended on the plantation's link to the world; the Potomac River. The boat landing for Popes Creek . . . — Map (db m34067) HM
17Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Paradise Found
The ...inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay Region made ...its bountiful resources. The large pristine bay and its waterways including the Potomac River before ... sustained nearly 27,000 Native Americans. ...around...creeks... of the watershed. . . . — Map (db m34070) HM
18Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Popes Creek Plantation
Look at the landscape around you. Augustine Washington's reasons for settling here in 1718 are apparent. The ground to your left is slightly elevated and well drained - perfect for farming. Before you, Popes Creek teems with life: fish, crabs, and . . . — Map (db m34192) HM
19Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — Soldier - Statesman President James Monroe
On the morning of December 26, 1776, a small detachment of American Light Infantry, led by Lieutenant James Monroe, aged 19, breached the Hessian defenses at Trenton. This gallent action, in which Monroe was severely wounded, enabled the Continental . . . — Map (db m11942) HM
20Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — The Bay Today
The Chesapeake Bay continues to be a generous provider of food, industry, and income. Millions of people are now drawn to the Bay in pursuit of leisure and tranquility. Recreational uses have increased since Washington's time, when the . . . — Map (db m34138) HM
21Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — The Historic Area
At Popes Creek Plantation, George Washington was born into the plantation culture he would know his entire life. Today, no visible vestiges of the plantation remain. Instead, exhibits, buildings, and interpreters on the site give a sense of the . . . — Map (db m34139) HM
22Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — The Memorial Area
Generations of Americans have expressed their reverence for George Washington at his birth site. The park is the cumulative result of a century of memorial efforts. In 1923, on the eve of the bicentennial of Washington's birth, interested . . . — Map (db m34203) HM
23Virginia (Westmoreland County), Colonial Beach — War in the ChesapeakeStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
During the War of 1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the homefront and the high seas. . . . — Map (db m97037) HM
 
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