The Powhatan Creek Trail in James City County links to a number of historic sites along its path including the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot Solider of the American Revolution, the Church on the Main and Mainland Farm.
The path is accessible to walkers, joggers and bikers.
Tomb of the Unknown Patriot Soldier of the American Revolution
During the Revolutionary War Battle of Green Spring, which took place in the fields and woods near Church on the Main on July 6, 1781, American forces under the command of the Marquis de Lafayette engaged the army of British Lord Cornwallis. Surviving soldiers on both sides fought again a few months later at the decisive Battle of Yorktown, 16 miles to the east, which concluded with the British surrender on October 19, 1781.
The tomb has an inscription that reads:
Unknown Patriot Soldier
Fell at the
Battle of Green Spring
6 July 1781
Thou that Passest by
Tell them that Here
I Died for
Thank you to Alain Outlaw and the James City County Historical Commission for their contributions to the Patriot Soldier of the American Revolution.
Church on the Main
Less than one mile to the east is the site of the Church on the Main, a brick Anglican church built by the 1750s to serve James City Parish as replacement for the church on Jamestown Island, which had become difficult for communicants to reach. The Rev. James Madison (1749-1812) was its best-known rector, serving the church from about 1777 until it fell into disguise after the American Revolution and the disestablishment of the Anglican Church. Madison became president of the College of William and Mary (1777-1812) and Virginia’s first Episcopal Bishop in 1790. By 1857 all aboveground traces of the church were gone.
You can see and hear about the latest archaeological discoveries when you take a tour of Historic Jamestowne on Jamestown Island, which is a National Park. There are several different tours offered throughout the active excavation sites. You may witness the moment of discovery as an archaeologist pulls an artifact from the ground that has not been seen in 400 years.Link to page
America’s first permanent English settlement. The story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits and living history. Outdoors, visitors can board replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, explore life-size re-creations of the colonists' fort and a Powhatan village.Link to page