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Gloucester historical site on Robins Neck named to Virginia Landmarks Register

An area that was home to one of the earliest documented dwellings in Gloucester County has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

Point Lookout Archaeological Site is described as a "rural Euro-American domestic site that dates to the period 1642-1859 located on Robins Neck in Gloucester County," according to information from the state Department of Historic Resources.

The announcement was made Wednesday of the placement of the Point Lookout Archaeological Site on the Virginia Landmarks Register.

In the mid-17th century to mid-18th century, the site was the home of John Robins. The Robins Neck peninsula was named after Robins, who built a dwelling on land there about 1642, according to the DHR.

A trash pit dating from the late 17th century to the early 18th century and a 19th-century ash and refuse area associated with a standing smokehouse have also been located on the property.

Point Lookout has been documented to be the surviving centerpiece of a historically larger property that encompassed the northeastern tip of Robins Neck from the mid-18th through mid-20th centuries, according to the DHR.

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