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New marker recognizes Revolution-era history on Old Stage Road

The historica marker will commemorate Doncastle's Ordinary. (Courtesy James City County Historical Commission)
The historical marker will commemorate Doncastle’s Ordinary.
(Courtesy James City County Historical Commission)

Drivers will soon see a new highway marker on Old Stage Road.

The James City County Historical Commission placed a historic highway marker on Old Stage Road on March 3 commemorating Doncastle Ordinary, according to a commission release.

The marker was placed about 850 feet away from what was the Doncastle Ordinary, near what is now Old Stage Road’s intersection with Fieldstone Parkway.

The ordinary was named after Thomas Doncastle, who owned the property from 1769 to 1776. The property hosted some famous guests between 1715 and 1860.

George Washington visited the Doncastle Ordinary multiple times, and Patrick Henry and his militiamen stopped there while marching on Williamsburg.

Armies under the command of Lt. Gen. Charles Cornwallis, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Comte de Rochambeau also each camped at the ordinary during the Revolution.

The approximate location of the historical highway marker. (Courtesy Google Maps)
The approximate location of the historical highway marker. (Courtesy Google Maps)

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