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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Port Royal, Virginia
Location of Port Royal, Virginia
► Caroline County (60) ► Essex County (28) ► Hanover County (275) ► King and Queen County (21) ► King George County (20) ► King William County (28) ► Spotsylvania County (389) ► Stafford County (198)
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|This is the site of Locust Hill, Richard Henry Garrett's farm. Early on the morning of 26 April 1865, a 16th New York Cavalry detachment cornered John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, and his co-conspirator, David E. Herold, . . . — — Map (db m151255) HM|
|The daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Buckner and the widow of Charles Smith, Dorothy Smith married John Roy in 1719. John Roy was the owner of a tobacco warehouse at Port Royal, Virginia - a facility to which local planters brought their tobacco to . . . — — Map (db m57538) HM|
|Essex County. Area 258 square miles. Formed in 1691 from Old Rappahannock County, and named for Essex County, England. R.M.T. Hunter, United States Senator and Confederate Secretary of State, lived in this county.
Caroline County. Area . . . — — Map (db m7302) HM|
|Here was the home of John Taylor of Caroline, Jefferson’s chief political lieutenant and leading advocate of states rights. He died here in 1824. — — Map (db m22582) HM|
|This is the Garrett place, where John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Lincoln, was cornered by Union soldiers and killed, April 26, 1865. The house stood a short distance from this spot. — — Map (db m1584) HM|
|The town was established in 1744 and was one of the principal shipping points on the Rappahannock River in colonial times. In December, 1862, Burnside, commanding the Army of the Potomac, considered crossing the river here but finally moved up to . . . — — Map (db m21457) HM|
|In front of you is the Brockenbrough-Peyton House where fugitives John Wilkes Booth and David Herold accompanied by three former Confederate soldiers arrived about 2:30 pm April 24, 1865, 10 days after Booth shot Lincoln. The owner, Randolph . . . — — Map (db m4525) HM|
|Port Royal possessed the finest harbor on the middle reaches of the Rappahannock River. Although the town's permanent wharf had been destroyed by Union gunboats before the Battle of Fredericksburg, the excellent harbor made Port Royal an obvious . . . — — Map (db m57537) HM|
|Following the first treaties between the English and the Powhatan confederacy, colonial settlement expended up the Rappahannock River. One of the earliest land patents was held by Col. John Catlett. In 1670 he was killed defending the small . . . — — Map (db m133746) HM|
|This site represents an important part of the heritage and development of Caroline County. After the chartering of the town of Port Royal in 1744, this excellent harbor served the large tobacco trade between local plantations and London. A warehouse . . . — — Map (db m22248) HM|
St. Peter's Church
This church replaced
destroyed by fire.
The Parish St. Mary's,
Dates to 1677
to it came from
England an early pipe . . . — — Map (db m133747) HM|
|Based on artifacts excavated in and around Port Royal, archaeologists estimate that the area was inhabited as early as 11,000 years ago. At the time the English arrived, the area was occupied by tribes united in a confederacy ruled by Powhatan. The . . . — — Map (db m57545) HM|
|Until the coming of the railroads in the 19th century, the Rappahannock River town of Port Royal was the commercial center of what is now Caroline County, Virginia. Like many ports, it was a raucous place and boasted a disproportionate number of . . . — — Map (db m57543) HM|
|On this lot in 1820 the first church to be constructed in the Town of Port Royal was built. The brick building had 12 windows and was inter-denominational. By 1844 it was known as the Methodist Church, even though ministers of other denominations . . . — — Map (db m57503) HM|
|On this road two miles south is the Garrett place. There John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin, was found by Union cavalry and killed while resisting arrest, April 26, 1865. — — Map (db m22246) HM|
|John Hipkins, died 1804; his wife Elisabeth Pratt 1754-1829; their only child Fanny Bernard 1774-1801; and her youngest children; Eliza 1794-1803 and William Bernard, Jr. 1796-1822; also five infant children of Jane Gay and John H. Bernard of Gay . . . — — Map (db m7300) HM|