Tobacco Inspection

Tobacco Inspection (HM17W9)

Location: Yorktown, VA 23690 York County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 14.171', W 76° 30.36'

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In 1730, a law was passed requiring that all tobacco exported from Virginia be inspected by officials at one of the public inspection warehouses which were located in port towns or along the rivers throughout the colony. Any tobacco not meeting a minimum standard of quality was promptly destroyed. That which passed, would remain in the warehouses until it was shipped to Great Britain.

Yorktown's earliest official inspection location was a warehouse and wharf owned by William Buckner. The site was located on the waterfront near here, below town lots one and four. The Buckner family provided inspection facilities at Yorktown until 1747, when a new warehouse was built at public expense. This structure, along with its wharf, was located justbelow the foot of Read Street. Buildings on the waterfront such as the tobacco warehouses were often in need of extensive repair or even rebuilding. In 1769, the county authorized the construction of another new warehouse, probably to replace one destroyed earlier that year by a hurricane.
HM NumberHM17W9
Year Placed2010
Placed ByYork County
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 2:16am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366413 N 4122135
Decimal Degrees37.23618333, -76.50600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.171', W 76° 30.36'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 10.26" N, 76° 30' 21.60" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-630 Water St, Yorktown VA 23690, US
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