The Indentured Servants' Plot

The Indentured Servants' Plot (HMGRO)

Location: Saluda, VA 23149 Essex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 30.002', W 76° 39.142'

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During the summer of 1663, indentured servants (held for several years of service) in the Poropotank River and Purtan Bay region plotted an insurrection against their masters to occur on 13 Sept. 1663. It was prevented when John Berkenhead, servant of Maj. John Smith, of Gloucester County, informed the authorities of the planned uprising. For "his honest affection of the preservation of this Country" the Virginia House of Burgesses, on 16 Sept., granted Berkenhead his freedom and 5,000 pounds of tobacco. In addition, the Burgesses proclaimed that 13 Sept. would henceforth annually be "kept holy."
Marker NumberN 58
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:28pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 353941 N 4151627
Decimal Degrees37.50003333, -76.65236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 30.002', W 76° 39.142'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 30' 0.12" N, 76° 39' 8.52" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105-131 Buena Vista Rd, Saluda VA 23149, US
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