Werowocomoco site earns Scenic Virginia award

- Posted on Oct 09, 2013 - 01:29 PM

The Werowocomoco conservation easement on Purtan Bay in Gloucester will be among the honorees during Scenic Virginia’s 2013 Scenic Awards Gala Reception and Ceremony Friday in the Virginia State Capitol, beginning at 6 p.m.

Bob Ripley, who owns the 58-acre site the easement protects, will accept the award. Ripley and his wife, Lynn, granted the easement to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the site was dedicated to conservation in a June ceremony attended by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Archaeologists, through research and site excavations, have determined the York River front property was home to Powhatan, the paramount chief of an alliance of Virginia Indians in the Tidewater region when the English settled at Jamestown in 1607. It is also believed to be where Powhatan and his daughter, Pocahontas, met English explorer John Smith.

An array of Native American artifacts has been found at the site, along with the footprint of the largest longhouse ever investigated in Virginia. Archaeologists said the significant longhouse is the type of structure where a paramount chief would have resided.