Silk Worn and Silk Spun

Silk Worn and Silk Spun (HMBDF)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 12.233', W 76° 44.904'

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England - and Jamestown - imported silk from the Mediterranean and the Orient. In 1619 the Colony Secretary bragged that the cow keeper and the collier's wife had suits of "fresh flaming silk."

Spinning fibers from the silkworm cocoon was a lengthy, smelly chore. Despite orders from the Virginia Company to produce silk as a staple commodity, the colonists preferred to raise tobacco.

Jamestown silk, like Jamestown wine, was not the hoped-for New World treasure.
Placed ByColonial National Historic Park
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 11:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 344844 N 4118921
Decimal Degrees37.20388333, -76.74840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.233', W 76° 44.904'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 13.98" N, 76° 44' 54.24" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 79-109 Unnamed Road, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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