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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Tappahannock, Virginia
Location of Tappahannock, Virginia
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Commissioned: 22 June, 1942
Struck: 15 July, 1976
Length: 520 feet
Beam: 68 feet
Speed: 16.5 knots
Capacity: 133,000 barrels
Complement: 18 Officers, 214 Enlisted
Awards: World War II: 9 battle stars; Vietnam: 9 campaign . . . — — Map (db m176104) HM WM
|This was the family burying ground of Benjamin and Elizabeth Blake who lived nearby on Prince Street. Their graves on the left-hand (north) side date to the early 1830s. Their daughter, Frances Blake married eminent physician and Virginia Delegate, . . . — — Map (db m176100) HM|
Meandering stretches of area rivers, such as this section of the Rappahannock, produce large freshwater marshes. Virginia Indians valued them as rich sources of food, often locating settlements nearby. . . . — — Map (db m97182) HM|
British Raid on Tappahannock. On 2 Dec. 1814, British naval forces commanded by Capt. Robert Barrie shelled and seized the town of Tappahannock during the War of 1812. Aiding the British were three companies of African American Colonial . . . — — Map (db m97117) HM|
Smith explored the Rappahannock River in 1607 and 1608. He wrote of his encounters with local tribes in colorful stories of skirmishes and other adventures. Many of these accounts, some published 16 years . . . — — Map (db m97129) HM|
To soldiers of Essex and those who fought with them.
They fought for the principles of state sovereignty
And in defense of their homes.
To maintain these rights the gallant sons of this
Gallant county marched gladly to the front . . . — — Map (db m25223) WM|
|The town was founded in 1680 under the name of Hobbs His Hole. In 1682, a port was established here and called New Plymouth. In 1808, the name was changed to Tappahannock. The British Admiral Cockburn shelled the town, December 1, 1814. An old . . . — — Map (db m25248) HM|
|The Hutchinson Tract of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge consists of 727 acres of restored grasslands and mixed hardwood forests which complement the forests that buffer Mount Landing Creek. The attentive visitor may enjoy . . . — — Map (db m97196) HM|
|The National Wildlife Refuge System is a collection of United States lands and waters managed specifically for wildlife. Units of the system stretch across the continent, from the icy north shore of Alaska to the balmy Florida Keys, and beyond to . . . — — Map (db m97197) HM|
|How easy it is to celebrate large spectacular forms of wildlife such as the bald eagle. Yet there are thousands and perhaps millions of vital wildlife species on this refuge, each of which could easily fit in a teaspoon. Among these important . . . — — Map (db m97190) HM|
|Here was born Thomas Ritchie, November 5, 1778. In 1804, he established the Richmond Enquirer, which ran until 1877, the most noted of Virginia newspapers. Ritchie was a political leader in Virginia and an editor of national fame. In 1845, he became . . . — — Map (db m25253) HM|
| High-Quality Housing These rare habitats, dominated by native warn-season grasses such as little bluestem, Indian grass, and eastern gamma grass, provide food and cove for wildlife year around—even standing up to snow and ice. . . . — — Map (db m97192) HM|
|This willow oak tree was planted on November 6, 1980, by the XYZ Fellowship Club (Senior Citizens) of Essex County in commemorating the tricentennial of the foundation of the Town of Tappahannock in 1680, and the formation of Essex County in 1692, . . . — — Map (db m176102) HM|
|In this region near the Rappahannock River once stood the Rappahannock Indian village of Toppahanock. When John Smith explored this region in 1607 and 1608, he found fourteen Rappahannock villages along both banks of the river. The river was the . . . — — Map (db m7410) HM|
|William “Bill” Moore was born in Georgia in 1893. Nearby stood his home and barbershop. Paramount recorded Moore in Chicago in 1928 and released eight songs, some of the earliest by an African American folk performer from Virginia. They . . . — — Map (db m7411) HM|