Historic markers to be unveiled in PR

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

PORT ROYAL – A Port Royal historical group will unveil four historic markers in the town on Saturday.

Historic Port Royal received a grant last year from the Daughters of the American Revolution that provided matching funds to purchase the markers.

The locations and themes of the markers were chosen to reflect the DAR’s grant program.

The four markers honor Dorothy Roy, Fox Tavern, Port Royal Harbor, and the Native Americans who originally inhabited the area.

New PR markers

Historic Port Royal will unveil four new historic markers in the town on Saturday.

Roy, known as “Queen Dolly,” owned a warehouse that was the nucleus around which the Colonial town of Port Royal developed. She was a leading businesswoman in the American Colonies.

Fox Tavern was notable for having been patronized by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Colonial leaders.

Port Royal Harbor at one time was the finest harbor in the middle reaches of the Rappahannock river, and it played a key role in the development of Caroline County.

Native Americans occupied the area of Port Royal before the arrival of Europeans, and their heritage survives in their place-names and artifacts.

The markers will be unveiled in a 1 p.m. ceremony Saturday to be held at the site of one of the markers at the intersection of Water Street and King Street.

The ceremony will be sponsored by Historic Port Royal and the Washington-Lewis Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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