Herring Creek & Kimages

Herring Creek & Kimages (HM5X8)

Location: Charles City, VA 23030 Charles City County
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N 37° 19.863', W 77° 11.454'

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Charles City County, Virginia

The Herring Creek area was settled in 1619, as a portion of Westover, and a portion of Berkeley Hundred. The point where the James River Road, present-day Route 5, crossed Herring Creek was known as "The Wade." Landmarks have included Harrison's Mill, the Johnathan Samaria Lodge, New Vine Church (est. 1870) and Westover Parish Church (est. 1614). The Harrison Mill Pond was acquired by the federal government in 1934 and established the Harrison Lake Fish Hatchery. Prominent area homes include Berkeley, Edgewood, Evelynton, Hillman's, Neston and Westover. William Thomas was a mulatto resident of this area who served in the Revolutionary Was as a servant to General Muhlenburg. Kimages developed around the wharf on the James River. Kimages School was built in 1922, burned in 1925 and rebuilt in 1926. A store served the community, and the ferry west of Kimages crossed the James River to Prince George County until 1967. During the early twentieth century, the proposed real estate development of Berkeley Hills, which was to utilize Lake Charles as a major element of its plan, went unrealized.
HM NumberHM5X8
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 305898 N 4133848
Decimal Degrees37.33105000, -77.19090000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.863', W 77° 11.454'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 51.78" N, 77° 11' 27.24" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 440-442 Virginia Capital Trail, Charles City VA 23030, US
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My information is that Edward Bland, the merchant brother of Theodoric Bland (of Westover) settled at Kimages around 1646/7. He was part of the 1650 expedition "The Discovery of New Brittaine" and wrote a pamphlet of that title. He died in 1652 and the estate passed to his only son Edward. At some point the estate may have become a matter of dispute between Edward jr. and Governor William Berkeley. It may be the case that this dispute was the source of Edward's cousin Giles Bland's antipathy to the Governor which ultimately led to Giles being hung for his part in Bacon's Rebellion.

Oct 21, 2016 at 7:46am PDT by funkydoowopper

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