Growing grapes in Virginia was an extremely popular idea in the formative years of the United States of America. In fact, in 1619, growing grapes was even once required by law when the House of Commons passed the “12th Acte” that mandated male colonists plant at least ten grapevines each year until they were considered proficients (Carter). Unfortunately, grapevines ultimately failed to grow in Virginia. This fact was also proven in 1769 when the grapes were all destroyed by pests, disease, and the Revolutionary War (Carter). During the Revolutionary War, the French-American army built a hospital to service their wounded.
Carter, Rusty. “Vineyard Tract.” The Virginia Gazette Roadside History, September 2010. http://issuu.com/llake/docs/roadside_history_final/37?mode=a_p (accessed April 1, 2012).
Historical Marker “Vineyard Tract W-46,” courtesy of Lindsey Smith, 2012.
“Grapes,” Encyclopedia Britannica, www.britannica.com (accessed May 2, 2012).