During the summer of 1663, indentured servants (held for several years of service) in the Poropotank River and Purtan Bay region plotted an insurrection against their masters to occur on 13 Sept. 1663. It was prevented when John Berkenhead, servant of Maj. John Smith, of Gloucester County, informed the authorities of the planned uprising. For "his honest affection of the preservation of this Country" the Virginia House of Burgesses, on 16 Sept., granted Berkenhead his freedom and 5,000 pounds of tobacco. In addition, the Burgesses proclaimed that 13 Sept. would henceforth annually be "kept holy."
Geographic Location: King and Queen County
Physical Description of Location: Buena Vista, VA 23149. Located on Buena Vista Road (Rt. 14), 1 mile east of the junction of Buena Vista Road (Rt. 14) and State Route 605. Marker is on the left when traveling east on Buena Vista Road (Rt. 14).
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