The New River
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 37° 08.415 W 080° 34.601
17S E 537595 N 4110514
Quick Description: History of the New River
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 2/18/2012 7:01:48 AM
Waymark Code: WMDR82
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
Views: 5

Long Description:
Not “new” at all, the New River, the second oldest in the world, is more than 320 million years old. Only the Nile is older. The river received its original English name, Wood's River, perhaps from Colonel Abraham Wood who explored the area in 1654, from the 1671 expedition on which he sent Thomas Batte and Robert Hallom, or from Thomas Wood (possibly his son) who died on the 1671 trip. The name New derives from New Brittaine or New Virginia, for the western territory of the Carolinas and Virginia where the river begins, as mentioned after 1651 in official London reports.

Located at west end of the bridge over the river. Turn on side road and grave pull-out for parking.

Marker Number: K-25

Marker Title: The New River

Marker Location: Along Hwy US-11

County or Independent City: Radford, VA

Marker Program Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources, 1988

Web Site: Not listed

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