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The Naming of the New River


More history about the New River and how it got it's name
I got this info off of the Friends of the New River Website.

Tracing the Origins of the New River’s Name
by Kelley Trear

The New River, long in its history and in its length, has an equally long list of theories on how it obtained its name. The search for the New River’s name begins with early European explorers who happened upon the New River and presumed that they had found the river that would lead them west to the other side of the New World. In 1651, Edward Bland sent a pamphlet to London, England describing the western territories of Virginia and North Carolina, naming them New Brittaine and New Virginia. Then when he came upon a river that was unmarked on existing maps, Bland applied the title of “New” to it. Another noted European to see the New River was probably Colonel Abraham Wood, who sought trade with the Indians in 1654. The river became known as Woods River until about 1754. One educated guess regarding the origin of the name is the theory that in the late 1700s or early 1800s, surveyors were working their way across the new country. When they happened on the New River, they discovered that it wasn’t on any of their existing maps, so they charted it and labeled it as “a new river.” Another version of this story attributes the label "a new river" to Peter Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s father.The official name change to New River seems to have occurred between 1740 and 1750, although the two names, Woods and New, were used interchangeably in records and on maps in other states until about 1770. No one can really say for sure how the New River acquired its name. But as long as it keeps flowing, there is a chance that someone will discover how this old river became “New.”

10 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Kerri, I'm really enjoying your beautiful river pictures and learning about the area as well. never boring when you see pictures like this.

happyone said...

How can anyone be bored by such lovely pictures! Nice learning a few things about you. :-)

Viola said...

What a beautiful scenery along the river! I really like these pictures of the river.

photowannabe said...

Good information about the river. No matter its name the pictures are fine and help me learn about an area I know little about.
Sorry to hear about your friends. I hope they and their property will be ok. We have friends that had to evacuate from a town called Ramona. One of the wildfires is right outside the town. Scary times.

Tony, Paula, Murphy & Cosmo said...

Love the pic Kerri!!!

Anil P said...

The best thing about a river is it flows, and because it does there is always a possibility it might acquires a name from where it flows, its identity changing with its name past different settlements.

Betty said...

Kerri,

Very interesting about the river and beautiful scenery......

Thank you for visiting with me..Betty

Heidi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment!

Lovely fall colors you have found here! Fall is never boring!

nina said...

Kerri, Your eye for fall beauty is wonderful--especially love the river shots!
Thanks for stopping by my blog--you're welcome back always!

Ms. Math said...

Thank you for sharing the story about this river. Beautiful shot!

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