Press "Enter" to skip to content

Werowocomoco: ‘A site of learning’

Werowocomoco, located on the north side of the York River in Gloucester, is a sacred site that people will soon be able to visit as a park under the banner of the National Park Service.

Kym Hall, superintendent of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail which is administered by the Colonial National Historical Park, said that Werowocomoco is “very much a site of learning.”

According to the NPS website, “More than 400 years before English settlers established Jamestown, Werowocomoco had been an important Powhatan Indian town. Werowocomoco, translated from the Virginia Algonquian language, means ‘place of leadership.’ As an archaeological site, Werowocomoco was confirmed in 2002, nearly 400 years after the Indian leader paramount chief Powhatan and his people interacted with Jamestown settlers here and at Jamestown.”

In June 2016, NPS acquired the site and began conducting studies to understand the cultural and natural resources of Werowocomoco as well as unde...

To view the rest of this article, you must log in. If you do not have an account with us, please subscribe here.