Clifts Plantation Site

Clifts Plantation Site (HMN3R)

Location: Montross, VA 22520 Westmoreland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 9.562', W 76° 50.214'

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A Busy Tobacco Plantation Once Flourished Here

Between 1976 and 1978, archaeological excavations on this spot revealed the remains of the "Clifts," a busy tobacco plantation. When first occupied in 1670, this land belonged to Thomas Pope, an English merchant and Westmoreland County planter, and was farmed by his tenants. After Pope's death, it passed to his widow Joanna, and later to his son Nathaniel, who lived here just over a decade. In 1717 Nathaniel Pope sold "the manner house erected on the second clift [cliff]," its outbuildings, and the surrounding 1,100 acres to Thomas Lee. Lee operated the plantation as a tenancy until the construction of the present Great House circa 1738. The buildings on this site were then torn down to make way for the road connecting Lee's new brick mansion with his landing on the Potomac River.
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 11:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 339068 N 4225091
Decimal Degrees38.15936667, -76.83690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 9.562', W 76° 50.214'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 9' 33.72" N, 76° 50' 12.84" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35 Unnamed Road, Montross VA 22520, US
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