Jordan's Point, a nearly triangular promontory in the James
River, is situated in Prince George County, just east of the
confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers. A broad terrace
overlooking the James, Jordan's Point is bounded by small streams,
tidal marshes, and protective uplands that rise to a height of 100
feet or more. In 1607, when the first European colonists saw
Jordan's Point, it was graced by the homes and cleared fields of
natives they would call the Weyanoke. Virginia colonist Samuel
Jordan established a community called Jordan's Journey around 1621,
giving his name to what became known as Jordan's Point.
In time, the settlement became a hub of social and political
life. By 1660, Jordan's Point had come into the possession of the
Blands, one of England's most important mercantile families. They
leased their property to one or more of their agents, usually
merchants and mariners involved in inter-colonial trade. Richard
Bland I and his descendants developed Jordan's Point into a family
seat and working plantation they retained until after the Civil
War. At Jordan's Point enslaved men, women, and children toiled in
the fields, enabling the Blands to prosper. Richard Bland IV went
on to become a distinguished American patriot, and one of his sons
became a physician.
Featuring more than one hundred photos and illustrations, most
in color, and intended for a general reader, "Jordan's Point,
Virginia: Archaeology in Perspective, Prehistoric to Modern Times"
tells the story of Jordan's Point, which spans thousands of years,
through the cultural features that archaeologists have unearthed
there. This is a book that will attract readers interested in
Native American studies, Virginia and colonial history, and
Distributed for the Virginia Department of Historic
Tendai Educational Foundation, Incorporated, dba Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board
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Martha W McCartney
||235 x 152 x 8mm (L x W x T)
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