Editorial: Let’s get it done
The historic Purton Bay site of Werowocomoco has been tapped as a future national park. Gloucester County will benefit tremendously from the attention to be shed officially and forever on the land where Powhatan’s Native Americans met the English.
All of this future excitement is due to the determination a decade ago of owners Lynn and Bob Ripley. They knew they had found something very unusual on their property; archaeologists suspected they had found Powhatan’s headquarters; and extensive exploration has confirmed those theories.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited the site last Tuesday, announced that funds to purchase it are in the president’s budget, and said “Let’s get it done.”
We echo that.
And we also bring up the not-so-little matter of the Middle Peninsula State Park, located a short distance down the shoreline of the York River adjacent to Rosewell. Authorized by state referendum more than a decade ago, its land purchased in 2005, it is still awaiting development.
If federal funds can be found in these tight times to purchase and develop Werowocomoco, our legislators in Virginia’s General Assembly have a parallel duty to find enough state money to prepare and open the nearby park. A story in the Gazette-Journal in 2007 said that park was still years in the future. How many more years must we wait?
The future for Gloucester County as a destination is very exciting. Like children waiting for Christmas, we know something wonderful can happen when our promised parks are open. Unlike those children, who can tell you to the day when Christmas will come, we don’t know how to measure or prepare for our expectations.
Gov. McAuliffe is correct: “Let’s get this done.” We find it hard to keep waiting for our turn.