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New book tells story of Powhatan’s Gloucester village

Just off the press is a new National Park Service book, “Virginia Indians at Werowocomoco.”

The book tells the story of Powhatan’s Indians, the interaction of Jamestown settlers with the native population from 1607-1609, and the Gloucester County location where it all took place.

It also tells how Bob and Lynn Ripley, owners of the York River property on Purton Bay in Gloucester, had Lynn’s original copious finds of artifacts documented, how archaeology subsequently matched features of the land with Capt. John Smith’s descriptions, and how the land was determined to be the seat of power for Chief Powhatan.

Finally, it tells of work still to be done and theories still to be explored. These include the intriguing orientation of the historic land and building features toward the summer solstice sunrise and the winter solstice sunset.

The book

The 136-page book sells for $12.95 and will be available soon, said managing editor Randy Jones of the Virginia D...

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