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099-5275 Whitaker’s Mill Archaeological Complex

Whitaker’s Mill Archaeological Complex
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NPS property number 08000426

The Whitaker’s Mill Archaeological Complex can address important historical and archaeological issues related to domestic and commercial life in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia, as well as military life during the Civil War. It retains well-preserved traces of the Williamsburg-Yorktown Road, a commercially and militarily important 18th- and 19th-century road, and locally rare Civil War earthworks and encampments dating to 1862. The site includes part of the Battle of Williamsburg and was occupied by both Union and Confederate troops. It also served as the headquarters of Union Brigadier General Winfield Scott Hancock during phases of the battle. These features can expand knowledge of camp layout and camp life during this important battle. The complex also contains a well preserved mill complex that can contribute to our understanding of domestic and commercial life at this time. As slaves have been documented at this complex, it could also reveal information about African American lifeways prior to the Civil War.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018