Cherry Point and Cowart’s Wharf Marker, O-53

Settled by Englishmen about 1640, Cherry Point was later a childhood home of Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington. In August 1814 American militia repulsed a British force there. From the early 1800s to the 1940s, steamboats plied the waters of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and linked Baltimore with such Northern Neck ports of call as Cowart's Wharf. There, by the late 19th century, Slater ("Bump") Cowart had established a general store, seafood factory, and other businesses. From about 1920 to 1946, Samuel and Giles Headley built skipjacks, the preferred vessel of bay fishermen, at their nearby boatyard on Cherry Point.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1993
Region: Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Region
Geographic Location: Northumberland County
Physical Description of Location: Junction of Northumberland Highway (US 360) and Lewisetta Road, VA 22511. Marker is on right when traveling west in 360.
GPS Location: 37.968975,-76.528865
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