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Fort Christiana

Fort Christiana in Brunswick Co VA on July 25, 2009 

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I visited Fort Christiana on the way home from the farm.  It is one of those places worth seeing, but not worth going to see.  You have to go down a gravel road and then you find … nothing.   The fort is long gone.    All that is left is the outline of the fort, a little toilet and some markers.  You can see the gravel outline in this picture below.

Outline of Fort Christiana in Brunswick Co VA on July 25, 2009 

If you Google Fort Christiana you will find the wrong place.  There is a fort in Delaware by almost the same name.    That was not a very important place and this place is even less.   So if you want to know about Fort Christiana in Brunswick County, I am your lasts, best hope.

Robert Byrd official portraitAccording to the signs, Virginia Royal Governor Alexander Spotswood built a five sided wooden fort near the Meherrin River in 1714.   (Spotsylvania County VA is named for the governor.)   It was an outpost on the edge of the Virginia Colony at that time designed to trade with the friendly Indians.   Inside the Fort was an Indian school, with about 100 students.  The Indian students inside the fort helped ensure continued good behavior of the local tribes.   

The British withdrew support for the fort in 1718 and when William Byrd (an early member of that very prominent Virginia family and the ancestor of the current W. Virginia Senator Robert Byrd ... or given how long that guy has been around, maybe it was him) passed through the region in 1728 he reported that the fort was abandoned.   Not much of a history.    There have been nearby roads that have been under construction for a longer time.

I don’t know why the picture of the sign turned out so green.    That is not the real color.  I must have had it on a strange setting.

The picture that I took of the monument was even worse, so I didn't include it.  The funny thing is that it was erected by the colonial dames.  I know that dames is an old title of respect for ladies, but I can't stop thinking of Frank Sinatra, "Guys and Dolls" or "South Pacific."  There's nothing like a dame. 


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Hi John I was just searching for some information on Ft. Christiana and came up with your site. I too, visited here in 2008 and took some pictures which did not turn out very good but I would share them with you if you wish. Just contact me. Your opinion of this area is about like mine. My only reason for visiting it was doing some genealogy research on my family history that goes back to the Brunswick area near Stoney Creek. I live in Florida.

WITH THAT SAID-IT WAS AN IMPORTANT SITE USED FOR INDIAN RELATIONS DURING THE FIRST TRADING WEST OF THE FALL LINES IN THE EAST.ALSO TO BEFRIEND INDIANS THAT WERE PEACEFUL,ALOT OF HISTORY CAN BE FOUND RESEARCHING THIS FORT.MY ANCESTORS HOME IS STILL STANDING IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY.1730'S.

I have been passing the sign for the fort since 2000 and never looked up info unitl now. I would like to see the picture. Maybe one day I will stop and visit the fort.

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