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Werowocomoco’s acquisition by National Park Service celebrated in D.C. ceremony

Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated the National Park Service’s acquisition of Werowocomoco in Gloucester during a Nov. 30 recognition ceremony at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., according to a release from the governor’s office.  

The former capital of the Powhatan Chiefdom, Werowocomoco is the presumed site of Capt. John Smith’s first meeting with Powhatan and his daughter, Pocahontas. The 264-acre property on the York River will be part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Gloucester was represented at the Washington, D.C. ceremony by John Meyer Jr., chairman of the county board of supervisors; county administrator Brent Fedors; Carol Steele, director of Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism; and Bob and Lynn Ripley, who owned the property that has been acquired by the National Park Service.

“Werowocomoco is a place of unparalleled significance, not just for the commonwealth’s native community, bu...

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