First Balloon Flight in Virginia

First Balloon Flight in Virginia (HMB06)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
Country: United States of America

N 37° 16.437', W 76° 42.791'

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On May 7, 1801, J. S. Watson, a student at William and Mary, wrote a letter detailing attempts at flying hot air balloons on the Court House Green. The third balloon, decorated with sixteen stars, one for each of the existing states, and fueled with spirits of wine, was successful. Watson wrote, "I never saw so great and so universal delight as it gave to the spectators." This is the earliest recorded evidence of aeronautics in the Commonwealth.
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HM NumberHMB06
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Marker NumberW 40
Year Placed1991
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 4:52am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 348110 N 4126638
Decimal Degrees37.27395000, -76.71318333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.437', W 76° 42.791'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 26.22" N, 76° 42' 47.46" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 415 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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