Charles Cittie, Virginia, Charles City County History Center, Charles City County, Virginia, Isaac Brandon

The Lynching Of An African American Man In Charles City County, Virginia

In 1892, a mob of masked men pulled Isaac Brandon, an African American man, out of a jail Charles City County, Virginia and lynched him.

On April 7, 2019 the Virginia Department of Historic Resources unveiled the first Virginia historical marker indicating a site of the lynching, at the Charles City County, Courthouse.

Author’s Note:

Other states the author has been to, such as Alabama, Mississippi, Olkahoma and Tennessee have established historical markers indicating lynchings. The reasons why it took so long for historical societies and historical commissions, within the state do Virignia, to finally acknowledge a negative legacy of our nations history, that was primarily utilized by whites against non-whites, by publicly advocating for and displaying historical markers where these events happened remains at this time unknown to the author.

Charles City County History Center, Charles City County, Virginia, The Charles City County, Virginia “Coat Of Arms”

The Charles City County, Virginia “Coat Of Arms”

The “Coat of Arms” for Charles City County, Virginia is symbolic of various historical elements within the county. The Charles City County Historical Association states that the Coat of Arms has:

Two laurel wreaths in a central gold badge represent the two Charles City born Presidents – William Henry Harrison and John Tyler. The cross symbolizes the first American missionary to Africa, the Rev. Lott Cary, who was born a slave in Charles City and became a founding father of Liberia. Green borders the central badge reminiscent of the green fields of a rural county. Eight stars on the green – seven silver and one gold – are emblematic of Charles City’s role as one of the eight original shires.

The torch, a symbol of learning, and two wings, symbols of liberty stand for the free public schools started in Charles City in 1870.

Charles City County, Virginia

The Shirley Plantation – America’s Oldest Farm And Family Owned Business

In 1613, the Shirley Plantation home was built in Charles City County, by the north bank of the James River. In 1638, Edward Hill established multiple farms by the banks of the James River officially making the property a plantation.

During the U.S. Civil War, Siah Hulett, one of the slaves on the Shirley Plantation, escaped the plantation to serve on the USS Monitor.

The Shirley Home and the plantation has been managed by descendants of the original family since they were first established. In present day, the Shirley Plantation is America’s oldest farm and family owned business.

Charles City County, Virginia, President John Tyler, President William Henry Harrison, Sherwood Forest Plantation

Charles City County Virginia – The Birthplace Of U.S. Presidents John Tyler and William Henry Harrison

The Sherwood Forest Plantation.

On March 29, 1790, President John Tyler was born in the Sherwood Forest Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia.

Photograph of the Berkley Plantation.

Coinencidently John Tyler’s future running mate and future President William Henry Harrison was born in the same county at the Berkley Plantation. William Henry Harrison’s father was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was a former Virginia Governor.

Charles Cittie, Virginia, Charles City County, Virginia

The Founding Of Charles City County, Virginia By The English Virginia Company

Algonquian-speaking Native Americans began to live by the shore of Virginia 800 years before English settlers arrived. After the creation of the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, the Virginia Company established four boroughs in the Colony of Virginia. In 1619, the Virginia Company named one of their boroughs Charles Cittie, after Prince Charles who would become King Charles I. The Charles Cittie area was later known as Charles City County, Virginia.