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121-0041 Historic Resources of Oakland Farm Industrial Park MRA

Historic Resources of Oakland Farm Industrial Park MRA
Photo credit: Rob Taylor, 2020

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/16/1982

NRHP Listing Date 02/24/1983

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement (Magruder redoubt)

NRHP Reference Number 64000884; 83003293, 83003295, 83003296

The Oakland Farm sites include three significant and distinct archaeological sites within a tract of land in Newport News developed as the Oakland Industrial Park. Surviving intact are the archaeological remains of prehistoric occupation dating to the Early to Middle Woodland periods. Historic sites are the Queen Hith plantation complex, occupied by the Harwood family from the 1630s until after the Revolutionary War, and a Confederate earthwork, the eastern terminus of a band of fortifications constructed by Maj. Gen. John Bankhead Magruder prior to the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. The fortification is a massive square earthen redoubt measuring 220 by 220 feet. Thomas Harwood, who patented the property in 1632, named it Queen Hith; hith is an Old English word for river landing. The sites are preserved by the city of Newport News.

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

Updated: May 13, 2021