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Hampton, Virginia: Marker: Blackbeard's Severed Head

Modern historical plaque marks the spot where Blackbeard the pirate's head was stuck on a pole in 1718.

15 Marina Rd, Hampton, VA
From US-60/Kecoughtan Rd turn east at the stoplight onto Ivy Home Rd. Drive about a half-mile, then turn left at the Boat Ramp sign onto Marina Rd. Drive through the marina, then turn left at the brick house. After the road bends right you'll see the marker on the right, opposite the Surf Rider/Bluewater restaurant.
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Marker: Blackbeard's Severed Head

This neatly-manicured corner of a marina in Virginia's Hampton Roads Harbor is known as Blackbeard's Point. This is because the famous pirate's head hung for years atop a pole, on display, at this spot. After being decapitated in battle and upon arrival in Virginia, the Virginia governor had the head hung from a pole at the mouth of the Hampton River as a warning to others who might be tempted by piracy.

[Jody High, 08/08/2020]

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