First Roman Catholic Settlement in Virginia

First Roman Catholic Settlement in Virginia (HMRA)

Location: Stafford, VA 22554 Stafford County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 28.524', W 77° 23.573'

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The crucifix by sculptor Georg J. Lober, erected in 1930, commemorates the first English Roman Catholic settlement in Virginia. Fleeing political and religious turmoil in Maryland, Giles Brent and his sisters Margaret and Mary established two plantations called Peace and Retirement on the north side of Aquia Creek between 1647 and 1650. Later, they jointly acquired 15,000 acres in Northern Virginia, including the site of present-day Alexandria. Their nephew George Brent, whose plantation Woodstock and family cemetery were located nearby, represented Stafford County in the House of Burgesses in 1688, the only Roman Catholic delegate in the colonial period.
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HM NumberHMRA
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Marker NumberE-76
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historical Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:50pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291260 N 4261276
Decimal Degrees38.47540000, -77.39288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.524', W 77° 23.573'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 31.44" N, 77° 23' 34.38" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16281-16399 Co Rd 637, Stafford VA 22554, US
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