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Machicomoco: ‘A special meeting place’

While Gloucester County’s new Machicomoco State Park doesn’t yet have a date for a grand opening, the site is moving closer to completion.

The park has experienced a multitude of delays that have hindered the construction of Gloucester’s newest attraction. The park is located off Timberneck Farm Road on the York River near Ordinary.

Ann Zahn, a Natural Resource Manager with Virginia State Parks, said the pandemic slowed much of the work and caused delays in the delivery of raw materials.

Machicomoco State Park is located on what is locally known as Timberneck Farm. Zahn said the park’s name was chosen by Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe. The word “Machicomoco” means “special meeting place” in the Algonquian language.

The members of the other tribes that were involved in the park’s design supported the renaming, said Zahn. It’s the park’s purpose to educate the public about the native tribes of Virginia and share their stories.

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