VA-V32 Nathaniel Bacon


Bacon was born in 1647 in Suffolk, England and was educated at Cambridge University. He came to Virginia in 1673 and settled near here on the north bank of the James River at Curles Neck. In 1676 Bacon led a force of citizen-soldiers against Indians on Virginia's frontier, contrary to the policy of Governor William Berkeley. After Bacon defeated several tribes, he and his followers, branded rebels by Berkeley, captured and burned Jamestown. Bacon's rebellion collapsed after Bacon died of a fever in October 1676.

Department of Historic Resources, 1996.

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