Still Defending Virginia's Shores

Still Defending Virginia's Shores (HMCAS)

Location: Gloucester Point, VA 23062 Gloucester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 14.964', W 76° 30.128'

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Gloucester Point Today

"Seeking knowledge and solutions through coastal marine science." Mission of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science

When Robert Tyndall sailed past Gloucester Point in 1608, the York River and the Chesapeake Bay were unspoiled worlds. His fellow explorer, John Smith, boasted that Virginia was a "fruitful and delightsome land." Four centuries later, both men would find a much changed tidewater region.

Large populations and pollution are the new enemies of these natural resources. Gloucester Point continues to be a first line of defense. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has chosen the Point as a center for its research and education programs. Here, VIMS defends these shores against ignorance and neglect.

Gloucester County has joined the Commonwealth of Virginia and the National Park Service to preserve the history locked in these earthworks. You have just walked down a road trace cut into the old fort for a planned subdivision that never happened. In addition to the site being disturbed by plans for development, archaeologists found the remains of a 20th-century dump. Materials were probably discarded by residents from a nearby home. Preservation of the site was ensured in the 1970s when Tyndall's Point Park was created to save fragile historic environment that abounds here.

Enjoy the green space on this historic spot. Explore the native Bayberry, Inkberry, Sweet Spire and Doghobble shrubs planted in the park as part of an effort to re-establish native plants. Take nothing away but the stories of our ancestors. Leave nothing behind but your footprints.
Placed ByChesapeake Bay Gateways Network
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 2:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366779 N 4123596
Decimal Degrees37.24940000, -76.50213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.964', W 76° 30.128'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 57.84" N, 76° 30' 7.68" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1376 Vernon St, Gloucester Point VA 23062, US
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