Henricus, Second English Settlement in America

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MaxFarrar on November 22, 2012

R.W.: This is a nice picture of Farrar's Island. The ones I took there were in the dead of winter with bare trees and faint sunshine. The people buried in the Old Farrar Cemetery up in NH were probably distant cousins of mine but that's not proven yet.

r.w. dawson on November 22, 2012

From my understanding this was not an island till after 1865. It was a narrow spit of land which caused a terrific bend in the river that was originally attached to the north shore of the river and a part of Henrico County. Union troops began the Dutch Gap Canal to straighten the river and avoid confederate batteries on the south shore of river at the bend. However the war ended and the straightening of the river was not completed till after the war. The canal supposedly followed a protective ditch dug by Thomas Dale in early colonial times. As for the newly rebuilt City of Henricus, I think it has progressed a good bit since you and I photographed it. I need to revisit it soon.

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