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Early English Christmas at Kecoughtan WY-108 | Marker History

Early English Christmas at Kecoughtan Marker, WY-108

From 30 Dec. 1608 to 5 Jan. 1609, Capt. John Smith and his party of 27 men, their journey from Jamestown to Werowocomoco temporarily halted by “extreme wind, rain, frost, and snow,” lodged with the Kecoughtan Indians at their town near here. The group celebrated Christmas with the natives with “plenty of good oysters, fish, flesh, wildfowl, and good bread.” Smith later wrote that the English were “were never more merry” and “never had better fires in England than in the dry, warm, smoky houses of Kecoughtan.”

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 06/21/2012
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Region: Tidewater Region
Geographic Location: Hampton
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location: Near Hampton Veterans Administration Hospital or Strawberry Banks - GPS Location is a Guess Based on Proposed Location at Time of DHR Approval.
GPS Location: 37.013742,-76.331218
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