Near this location in 1901, Samuel H. Yongee, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, spearheaded the design and construction of a seawall/revetment that halted the rapid erosion and loss into the James River of the most-historic part of Jamestown Island. His efforts saved large portions of the island including Jamestown Fort, making possible continued significant archaeological finds at Jamestown. Yonge located, unearthed, and published many of his findings on the island. Another one of his achievements included the dredging of the James River from Richmond to Norfolk. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
Year On Marker: 2007
Original Sponsor: Norfolk Branch, American Society of Civil Engineers
Geographic Location: James City County
Physical Description of Location: 2062 Jamestown Road (VA Route 31), Berkeley, VA 23185.
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