Werowocomoco is an internationally significant cultural and archeological resource on the York River, believed to have been a place of leadership and spiritual importance to American Indians as early as circa AD 1200. At Werowocomoco, Powhatan, the leader of many Algonquian tribes lived and subsequently met on several occasions with Captain John Smith in 1607 in the earliest recorded meetings between a native leader and the English.
In 2016, The Conservation Fund, a not-for profit 501(c)3 national conservation organization, purchased 264 acres of land in Gloucester County, Virginia, encompassing the historic site known as Werowocomoco. The Conservation Fund then transferred the property to the National Park Service (NPS) to ensure its permanent protection.
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail manages the property for the NPS. Werowocomoco has long been identified as a high potential historic site in the trail's comprehensive management plan and conservation strategy.
The site is not yet open to public visitation and has no visitor facilities.
Planning for the Future of Werowocomoco
The NPS is beginning a collaborative planning and design process for guiding future management of Werowocomoco. The process and resulting plan will address visitor use and facilities, interpretation, education, and overall resource protection.
Many Virginia Indian Tribes have a great deal of interest in Werowocomoco, and the NPS will continue to work with them to make sure that use of the site is respectful of their heritage.
In addition to Virginia Indian Tribes, we will work with state and local government agencies, and other key partners. We will involve partners and interested members of the public at key steps throughout the effort.
We anticipate holding initial public workshops for Werowocomoco planning in August 2017.
To receive updates on the Werowocomoco planning work, check back to this page.
Last updated: May 15, 2017