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Historical Markers in Urbanna, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Middlesex 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 Middlesex County, VA (69) Accomack County, VA (123) Essex County, VA (35) Gloucester County, VA (87) King and Queen County, VA (27) Lancaster County, VA (35) Mathews County, VA (26) Northampton County, VA (51) Richmond County, VA (16)  MiddlesexCounty(69) Middlesex County (69)  AccomackCounty(123) Accomack County (123)  EssexCounty(35) Essex County (35)  GloucesterCounty(87) Gloucester County (87)  KingandQueenCounty(27) King and Queen County (27)  LancasterCounty(35) Lancaster County (35)  MathewsCounty(26) Mathews County (26)  NorthamptonCounty(51) Northampton County (51)  RichmondCounty(16) Richmond County (16)
Urbanna is in Middlesex County
      Middlesex County (69)  
      Accomack County (123)  
      Essex County (35)  
      Gloucester County (87)  
      King and Queen County (27)  
      Lancaster County (35)  
      Mathews County (26)  
      Northampton County (51)  
      Richmond County (16)  
 
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1Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — A Hub For Commerce
As you look toward the water, you are viewing a historical landscape. The houses in front of you weren't here 250 years ago, but the Customs House - the building across the street to your left - would have been. Imagine what this place was like back . . . Map (db m26632) HM
2Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Arthur Lee
Here in the garden of Lansdowne was buried Arthur Lee, 1740-1792. The youngest son of Thomas Lee of Stratford. He was graduated in medicine at Edinburgh in 1764 and practiced briefly at Williamsburg, but his zeal for the cause of the American . . . Map (db m33887) HM
3Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 5 — Bridge Over the CreekUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
From the town's beginning, there has been either a ferry or a bridge near this site. County residents traveling to and from the courthouse in Urbanna complained over generations of the slow moving ferry across the creek. The construction of the . . . Map (db m186701) HM
4Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — OC-36 — Christopher Robinson
in 1678, Christopher Robinson purchased 300 acres here that became Hewick, the Virginia seat of the Robinson family. Robinson’s distinguished service to Virginia began as the clerk of Middlesex County Court from 1677 to 1688. He was elected to the . . . Map (db m27178) HM
5Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 14 — Civil WarUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
During the Civil War, ships came and went into Urbanna Creek as the town was occupied at different times by Federal and Confederate forces. Just off the mouth of the creek, on November 8, 1861, a Union tug and steamer armed with cannons fired . . . Map (db m186742) HM
6Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 10 — Coca-Cola Bottling PlantUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
This building was built in the 1940s to house a Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. The Coca-Cola Company of Chattanooga sold a franchise in 1921 allowing the sale and distribution of Cokes and other soda pop in Middlesex and six surrounding counties. . . . Map (db m186713) HM
7Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 1 — Colonial CourthouseUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
The courtyard of Middlesex County's colonial courthouse was directly behind the brick courthouse building in view from this panel. In the year 1748, the Town of Urbanna became the county seat of Middlsex County. It remained so for 104 years when . . . Map (db m186686) HM
8Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 2 — Cross StreetUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
Cross Street extends over the three main streets in town, Watling, Prince George and Virginia streets. Throughout the town's hisotry, these four streets vied for commercial dominance. At the turn of the 20th century, Cross Street, briefly named . . . Map (db m186689) HM
9Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — History of the Waterman
Watermen's Park is a tribute to generations of Urbanna men and women who have made their livings working the water. In June 1680, Virginia's Colonial Assembly approved "An Act for cohabitation and encouragement of trade and manufacture" and . . . Map (db m186730) HM
10Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — OC-42 — John Mitchell’s Map
Born in Lancaster County on 13 Apr. 1711, John Mitchell studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and in 1734 opened a practice of medicine here in Urbanna. In 1746, he moved to London, where he published his Map of the British and French . . . Map (db m26575) HM
11Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Landsdowne
In 1763 Ralph Wormeley III of Rosegill sold this house to James Mills, a Scottish merchant. In 1791 Arthur Lee bought it and 1,000 adjacent acres to be his home in retirement. Lee named this estate Landsdowne in honor of his friend, William . . . Map (db m27015) HM
12Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — OC-41 — Old Middlesex County Courthouse
This building served as the Middlesex County courthouse from 1748 to 1852. Although much altered from its original appearance, it is one of Virginia’s rare colonial courthouse buildings. During the American Revolution, the local Committee of Safety . . . Map (db m27011) HM
13Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Old Tobacco Warehouse
Traditionally known as the Old Tobacco Warehouse. Built 1766 by James Mills, Scottish merchant. First used as a store and/or warehouse.

Owned and authentically restored by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.Map (db m26605) HM
14Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — N-78 — OpiscopankSmith's Mystery Town
In 1608, Capt. John Smith mapped Opiscopank near here as an Indian town where a chief lived. Oddly, his narratives did not mention visiting the town or how he learned about it. In 1649, Ralph Wormeley patented 3,200 acres here that included “the . . . Map (db m74697) HM
15Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — OverlookCirca 1885 — 41 Watling St. —
. . . Map (db m186695) HM
16Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 13 — OystersUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
From 1850s to the 1950s, the town's fall and winter economy was driven by oysters. Urbanna's strategic location to fertile Rappahannock River oyster beds encouraged oyster hand-tongers to come to town from September to March. Oystermen from . . . Map (db m186726) HM
17Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Prettyman’s Rolling Road
This historical landscape hasn't really changed in the past 250 years. The Factor Store has gone through many transitions from a tobacco inspection facility and general store, to private homes, to the Urbanna Library and, finally, to the museum you . . . Map (db m26631) HM
18Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 6 — Prince George Street and Old TavernUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
Prince George Street is one of the original streets shown on early 1700s town survyes. The Middlesex County Courtyard backed up to the street and today the colonial "Old Tavern" still stands. Taverns or ordinaries were important to Middlesex's . . . Map (db m186702) HM
19Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — OC-35 — Rosegill
A short distance east is Rosegill. The house was built about 1650 by the first Ralph Wormeley; it became the summer home of the colonial governors, Sir Henry Chicheley and Lord Howard of Effingham. In 1776, the owner, the fifth Ralph Wormeley, was . . . Map (db m27005) HM
20Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Sandwichc. 1754
Sandwich, circa 1754, is registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 2008.Map (db m26858) HM
21Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Smith’s SnapshotCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
(panel 1) Smith's Snapshot The semi-permanent nature of their towns reflected the highly sustainable lifestyle of Virginia’s Indians. They located towns next to waterways, in places with the best soils. As farming depleted . . . Map (db m97249) HM
22Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 4 — Steamboat EraUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
The golden era of steamboats began when two steam-powered side-wheel vessels out of Norfolk named Petersburg and Albemarle arrived in 1821 at the mouth of Urbanna Creek. In 1828, a Baltimore firm started the first commercial . . . Map (db m186696) HM
23Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — The Backyard Garden Was Essential
The quiet landscape you see today was once teeming with activity.

There was a garden behind the store that provided vegetables for home use and possibly for sale or trade. There was a larger garden area as well, which was probably tended by . . . Map (db m26606) HM
24Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — The Grave of Arthur Lee
Nearby, in the garden of Lansdowne, was buried Arthur Lee, 1740-1792, the youngest son of Thomas Lee of Stratford. Early in 1776 he secretly obtained the original grant of French military supplies for the Continental Army, which made possible the . . . Map (db m33886) HM
25Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 12 — Tobacco RoadUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
Right in front of you is one of the oldest roads in America, Prettyman's Rolling Road descends to the waterfront at the end of Virginia Street. The early economy of Virginia was built from the growing and selling of tobacco. Urbanna Creek . . . Map (db m186723) HM
26Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Tobacco Was Moneyand this was where you made it or spent it!
In Colonial Virginia, tobacco was money - a product in high demand in England. Acts were passed providing for the inspection of tobacco to ensure quality and to make sure that correct payments were made for its sale and purchase.

All tobacco . . . Map (db m26630) HM
27Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 8 — Urbanna BaseballUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
Before being developed, this area in town was home field to the Urbanna semi-pro baseball team. Alvin G. Loving purchased the land in the 1930s and built a baseball field complete with stands and removable canvases for outfield walls. Urbanna . . . Map (db m186710) HM
28Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — OC-40 — Urbanna Creek
First known as Nimcock Creek, this creek was mentioned in a legislative act of 1680 as “Wormley’s Creek.” After the town of Urbanna was named in 1705 for Queen Anne, the stream was given the same name. British privateersmen entered the . . . Map (db m27009) HM
29Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Urbanna Museum & Visitors Center
James Mills Scottis Factor Store, Circa 1766 Last remaining Scottish Factor Store in AmericaMap (db m186719) HM
30Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Urbanna Museum & Visitors Center
Home of the John Mitchell Map Published 1755 Last remaining Scottish Factor Store in AmericaMap (db m186720) HM
31Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 9 — Urbanna SchoolUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
Taber Park was once home to Urbanna High School, later known as Urbanna Graded School. The two-story brick school building then located here was completed in 1911 by Sidney Muire as a state-of-the-art school facility. It served elementary and . . . Map (db m186704) HM
32Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — Map — Urbanna, VirginiaThe Museum in the Streets®
Welcome to Urbanna, Virginia Along this walking tour you will find illustrated panels presenting many lively stories and facts about the town, its buildings, its residents and their lives. Urbanna's origin goes back to June 1680, when . . . Map (db m186685) HM
33Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 11 — Virginia StreetUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
Virginia Street is one of the oldest streets in America and the busiest in Urbanna. There are five original colonial buildings standing. Three of Urbanna's most famous residents, Dr. Arthur Lee, Dr. John Mitchell, and Andrew Jackson Montague . . . Map (db m186717) HM
34Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 3 — Watling Street and Urbanna's Master BuilderUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
The colonial ferry, later a one-lane bridge, and a steamboat landing paved the way over time for Watling Street to become a main avenue into town. Originally named Wadling Lane, the street in the 1880s wound from the bridge to a carpenter shop . . . Map (db m186692) HM
35Virginia (Middlesex County), Urbanna — 7 — Wormeley-Lee-Montague House and Marble HouseUrbanna, Virginia — The Museum in the Streets® —
Town buildings provide an interesting contrast in American architectural periods. This colonial one and a half story (circa 1747), Wormeley, Lee, Montague House, is the oldest post and beam structure in town. In 1791, Revolutionary War dimplomat . . . Map (db m186703) HM
 
 
Jan. 24, 2022