John Rolfe emigrated from England to Virginia in 1610 and settled in what was to become Henrico County. In 1612 he imported tobacco seeds from Trinidad and cultivated a new strain of mild tobacco. He shipped part of his harvest to England in 1614, and by 1619 tobacco had become Virginia's major money crop. In 1614 Rolfe married Pocahontas, a daughter of Chief Powhatan, and they had one son, Thomas. Rolfe and his family sailed in 1616 to England where Pocahontas died in 1617. Rolfe returned to Virginia, where he died in 1622.
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Richmond, VA 23231. Located on Messer Road, 0.8 miles northeast of the junction of Messer Road and New Market Road (Rt. 5). Marker is on the right when traveling northeast on Messer Road.
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