“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Washington’s Burgess Routes Historical Markers

Referencing George Washington’s diaries, the Rev. Arthur P. Gray in 1938 traced the routes Col. Washington took on horseback between Fredericksburg and Williamsburg to attend colonial Virginia’s House of Burgesses during the 17 years he was the elected burgess from his district. The most often-used routes were 90-some miles long, one via New Kent and the other via West Point. While no markers currently mark the route, a number of markers reference courthouses, churches, homes and inns noted by Rev. Gray that Col. Washington passed by or where he spent the night, or longer. Those are the markers in this series.
Town of Bowling Green Marker image, Touch for more information
By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 12, 2019
Town of Bowling Green Marker
1Virginia, Caroline County, Bowling Green — Town of Bowling Green
Est. 1837 The Historic District of the Town of Bowling Green is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m133743) HM
2Virginia, Caroline County, Guinea — Fairfield Plantation
The farm office across the lawn is all that remains of the once-sprawling plantation called “Fairfield.” Thomas Coleman Chandler purchased Fairfield Plantation in 1845. For the next 17 years it prospered and evolved – largely at . . . Map (db m5604) HM
3Virginia, James City County, Toano — W-30 — Hickory Neck Church
Hickory Neck Church was built about 1740. Militia opposing the British camped here on April 21, 1781. A few miles north is the foundation of an ancient stone house, dating possibly from about 1650.Map (db m16848) HM
4Virginia, King and Queen County, King and Queen Court House — OB-10 — Newington
A mile south on the Mattapony River is the site of Newington, birthplace of Carter Braxton, (born September 10, 1736), signer of the Declaration of Independence. In earlier times, Colonel Jacob Lumpkin, supporter of Governor Berkeley in Bacon's . . . Map (db m25260) HM
5Virginia, King William County, King William — OC-27 — King William County Courthouse
The King William County courthouse, erected early in the second quarter of the 18th century, is one of the older courthouses still in use in the United States. This T-shaped building was constructed of brick laid in Flemish bond, with an arcade . . . Map (db m25847) HM
6Virginia, King William County, West Point — OC-18 — St. John's Church
This was the parish church of St. John's Parish, formed in 1680. It was built in 1734. Earlier churches stood at West Point and about one mile north of this site. Carter Braxton, Revolutionary Statesman, was a vestryman Preserved by joint effort.Map (db m25844) HM
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7Virginia, New Kent County, Eltham — WO-30 — Eltham
Eltham, a mile north, was long the home of the Bassett family and one of the largest and finest colonial houses in Virginia. Burwell Bassett, the owner at the time of the Revolution, was a patriot leader. Washington was a frequent visitor at Eltham . . . Map (db m21601) HM
8Virginia, New Kent County, New Kent — WO-18 — Martha Washington's Birthplace
About two miles northeast stood Chestnut Grove, the plantation home of John and Frances Jones Dandridge, where Martha Dandridge, the eldest of eight children, was born on 2 June 1731. She lived there until 15 May 1750, when she married Daniel Parke . . . Map (db m17740) HM
9Virginia, New Kent County, New Kent — WO-16 — New Kent Courthouse Reported permanently removed
Lord Cornwallis's army was here, moving eastward, June 22, 1781; Lafayette, in pursuit, June 25; Washington, Rochambeau and Chastellux, on their way to Yorktown, September 14, 1781. A part of Joseph E. Johnston's army, retiring to Richmond, passed . . . Map (db m17738) HM
10Virginia, New Kent County, Talleysville — WO-13 — St. Peter's Church
Two miles northeast is St. Peter's Church, built in 1703 in English bond. David Mossom, rector there for forty years, was the minister who married George Washington. According to one tradition, the wedding took place at St. Peter's Church.Map (db m17728) HM
11Virginia, New Kent County, Talleysville — WO-12 — The White House
This place, six miles northeast, was the home of Martha Custis. According to tradition, George Washington first met her at Poplar Grove, near by, in 1758. On January 6, 1759, Washington and Martha Custis were married, it is believed at the White . . . Map (db m17718) HM
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Feb. 4, 2023