Welcome to another recent sunrise over Queens Creek and another edition of Factual Friday, where I try to convey actual facts rather than opinions, hot air, vague statements, run-on sentences, rambling thoughts and ridiculous fluff.
The Mathews County Soil Survey of November 1962 (yeah, I know, go ahead and rest your head on the table, or beat it on the table, whichever one provides the quickest relief) was put out by the USDA in cooperation with the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. (Why does agricultural experimentation scare me? Please tell me they're not responsible for the mutant forms of insect life holding me hostage in my own house. I knew there was a conspiracy.)
Anyway, this document contains lots of good information about Mathews, such as this:
"....Some of the early land grants were Hesse, about 1643; Old Field Point, 1653; and Poplar Grove, about 1750. The tide mill at Poplar Grove was patterned after its forerunners used in London. It ground corn on both the incoming and outgoing tides. During the Revolutionary War, meal was furnished to Washington's troops at Yorktown from this mill, which ground about 32 bushels of meal on a tide. The mill was burned during the Civil War but was rebuilt and used until 1912. The building, much of the water wheel, and the mechanism are still in place.
In colonial days silk was produced by silkworms imported from Italy. The silkworms fed on mulberry trees.
John Clayton, a famous English botanist, lived at Windsor in the western part of Mathews County. Here he established a botanical garden.
Before 1700, tobacco fields began to wear out. These fields were then used to grow wheat and corn. Some old fields were fenced, and cattle grazed in them instead of in wooded pastures. More emphasis was given to the raising of sheep and hogs, and the acreage in corn was increased to provide additional feed.
The soil was fertilized by the Indians and the early settlers by placing fish in the hills of corn. Early in the 1800's, guano was imported from the West Indies for use as fertilizer. In 1832 a small amount of guano was brought from Peru, and it proved to be highly successful....."
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So it appears that today's factual post will end on the topic of guano, which is no different than any other post you'll read here, factual or otherwise.