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Arcadia Publishing, 2012 - History - 127 pages
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Urbanna is one of oldest English-settled towns in America. In 1680, the Virginia Assembly created the town by approving the Act of Cohabitation, which was designed to create 19 towns in Virginia. Urbanna was officially established in 1706 by the assembly, which named the town Burgh of Urbanna, Latin for "City of Anne," after Queen Anne of England. Throughout the colonial period, the town was a tobacco inspection port. It was invaded by the British during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and then by Union troops during the Civil War. After the Civil War, oysters from the Rappahannock River became the primary source of income for residents until the 1960s. As a tribute to the oyster, the town annually holds the Urbanna Oyster Festival, which draws over 60,000 people to the shores of the little town.

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Great photos. Enjoyed thinking of the history that the town's people are sharing. So glad to have it in my collection of American history.


Civil War and the Days of Sail
Business and Waterfront
Early Festivals

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About the author (2012)

Larry S. Chowning is a native of Urbanna and has lived there his entire life, with the exception of the four years he spent at the University of Richmond. Chowning has authored seven books on the region and is a staff reporter for the Southside Sentinel, the town's weekly newspaper.

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