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Fort Christanna

  • Also Known As: Site 44Br3

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  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

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Fort Christanna


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1713/03/00 Virginia House of Burgesses Operator Colonial Council orders the Meherrins be merged with the Cheroenhaka and the Nansemond with the Saponies and removing them to where they would be less liable to have differences with the English and for the instruction of their children in Christianity.
1714/00/00 Alexander Spotswood Architect Fort Christanna is built to provide protection and an English education to tributary Siouan and Iroquoian tribes. Spotswood visited the site and persuaded the Siouan tribes, who included the Saponi, Tutelo, Occaneechi and Nahyssan to stay at the fort.
1715/08/10 The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) King and eight Great Men (Nottoway Chief Men) were invited to the capital in Williamsburg and put in irons and chains for three days until they consent to send 12 of their children to attend school at Fort Christanna
1715/08/13 Chains are removed from Cheroenhaka King and the eight Great Nottoway Chief Men) and they are ordered released.
1718/05/00 Virginia House of Burgesses Operator After signing a treaty with the Iroquois of New York, whereby they agreed not to come east of the Blue Ridge, the Burgesses vote to discontinue manning the Fort Christanna.
1719/12/10 A list of names of eight Nottoway and 12 Meherrin children are given to the Colonial Council in Williamsburg to attend school at Fort Christanna.

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Particulars for Fort Christanna:
Area of Significance Architecture
Cultural Affiliation Colonial
Area of Significance Commerce
Area of Significance Education
Area of Significance Exploration-settlement
Structure Type Fortification
Area of Significance Historic - aboriginal
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Sight Category Historic District
Cultural Affiliation Historic Meherrin Indians
Criteria Information Potential
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Prehistoric
Owner Private
Area of Significance Religion
Cultural Affiliation Sapony
Historic Use Single dwelling
Historic Use Village site

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 80004175
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Spotswood,Alexander
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Prehistoric, Historic - aboriginal, Commerce, Historic and non-aboriginal, Military, Education, Exploration-settlement, Architecture, Religion
Applicable Criteria: Information Potential
Cultural Affiliation: Sapony, Colonial
Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1714, 1732
Historic Function: Domestic, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Village site, Single dwelling, Fortification
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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