Portobacco Indians

Portobacco Indians (HM4K4)

Location: Loretto, VA 22509 Essex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 5.921', W 77° 4.944'

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Along the Rappahannock River near here lived the Portobacco Indians, who may have been part of the Portobaccos of Maryland. After moving to Virginia in the 1650's, they lived here in peace with their Indian neighbors, who spoke a similar dialect and who also were farmers, fishermen, and hunters. In 1683 - 1684 they were joined by the Rappahannocks, creating an Indian "refuge area" on a frontier that was being attacked by the Senecas. The Portobaccos and the Rappahannocks occupied the reservation on the Portobacco Bay until about 1704, when English colonists claiming the land by patent drove them off.
HM NumberHM4K4
Marker NumberN 19
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 317406 N 4218812
Decimal Degrees38.09868333, -77.08240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 5.921', W 77° 4.944'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 5' 55.26" N, 77° 4' 56.64" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 690 US-17, Loretto VA 22509, US
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