First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop

First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop (HMAJY)

Location: Henrico, VA 23231 Henrico County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 27.211', W 77° 22.178'

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In 1611 John Rolfe became the first Englishman to cultivate tobacco nearby at Varina Farm, on the James River. Rolfe planted seeds bred in Varinas, Spain, and experimented with curing methods to produce a tobacco milder than the native variety. The success of tobacco as a cash crop encouraged the Virginia Company of London and renewed the spirit of confidence among the colonists. It supported a wealthy planter class and enriched shippers and merchants. Tobacco thereby contributed to the economic security and survival of the Virginia colony, and thus the nation.
Marker NumberV 25
Year Placed1992
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 5:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 290402 N 4147820
Decimal Degrees37.45351667, -77.36963333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 27.211', W 77° 22.178'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 27' 12.66" N, 77° 22' 10.68" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2181-2197 New Market Rd, Henrico VA 23231, US
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