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Gloucester’s state park moves a step closer to opening

The Conservation Fund announced last week the transfer of 643 acres known as Timberneck Farm to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This transfer brings Virginia one step closer to opening Machicomoco, the 40th state park of Virginia. The park is expected to open in early 2021.

The gift deed was recorded in early October, according to records from Gloucester County Circuit Court.

“Honoring the tribal history of Virginia and telling the stories of Virginia Indians is critically important in our endeavor to create a more inclusive and equitable commonwealth,” state Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler said. “I’m pleased that this focal point is woven throughout the park while simultaneously providing more public land for Virginians to enjoy. With respect to all of Virginia’s Indigenous communities, Machicomoco State Park will stand in perpetuity so that we may learn from the past, celebrate the present and aspire to a better future.”


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