First Balloon Flight in Virginia Marker, W-40

On May 7, 1801, J. S. Watson, a student at William and Mary, wrote a letter detailing attempts at flying hot air balloons on the Court House Green. The third balloon, decorated with sixteen stars, one for each of the existing states, and fueled with spirits of wine, was successful. Watson wrote, "I never saw so great and so universal delight as it gave to the spectators." This is the earliest recorded evidence of aeronautics in the Commonwealth.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1991
Region: Tidewater Region
Geographic Location: Williamsburg
Physical Description of Location: Marker is at the intersection of College Terrace and Richmond Road, in front of Zable Stadium, across the street from the Williamsburg Hospitality House, Williamsburg, VA 23185
GPS Location: 37.27393,-76.71319
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