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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Deltaville
By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
Captain John Smith’s Shallop-Explorer
Explorer is a full scale replica of the boat Captain John Smith used to explore and map Chesapeake Bay 1607-1608. The boat was built by the Deltaville Maritime Museum as a community project to help Jamestown celebrate her 400th birthday in . . . — — Map (db m97222) HM|
Early Compass Rose
The compass rose originated around 1200 AD. It evolved from the wind rose, a device that used a wind vane and card with a rose-like design to indicated wind direction. The compass was born when first a lodestone, then a . . . — — Map (db m97219) HM|
|The vessel and wagon you see before you are a representation of an idea by one of the most illustrious military men to fight in Middlesex County during the Civil War, John Taylor Wood. The grandson of Zachery Taylor and the nephew of Jefferson . . . — — Map (db m97218) HM|
|Built in 1924 in Seaford, VA by Alex Gaines and John Smith
This historic vessel is the last largest log boat built for power.
The Deltaville Maritime Museum, with John England as project manager, is restoring the “Crockett” for the . . . — — Map (db m59626) HM|
Nearby Stingray Point was named for a fish that almost killed John Smith in July 1608. After running aground in the sandy flats near the point, the explorers speared fish with their swords as they waited for . . . — — Map (db m97223) HM|
A gaff-rigged flagpole
The flagpole you see before you is a gaff-rigged with a yardarm or crosstree. The pole is 40 feet tall and 8 inches in diameter at its base. It sits in a 12 inch by 48 inch steel flagpole ground sleeve buried . . . — — Map (db m97217) HM|
|Oysters were originally harvested by the Powhatan or colonist by wading into the water and picking them up off the oyster bar, but as the number of people eating the oysters increased, boats were needed to collect them from bars farther out into the . . . — — Map (db m97220) HM|
|Capt. John Smith led two exploratory voyages in Chesapeake Bay during the summer of 1608. His boat ran aground at the mouth of the Rappahannock River three miles east, on 17 July. While awaiting high tide to float the vessel, he and his men impaled . . . — — Map (db m26571) HM|