Werowocomoco Exhibit at Gloucester County Visitor Center
Gloucester County, Virginia is home to Werowocomoco, an archeological site managed by the National Park Service. A center of spiritual and political activity, Werowocomoco was the residence of an influential leader known as Powhatan. Meetings between Powhatan and English colonists occured at Werowocomoco between 1607-1609.
The site of this important Indigenous town was confirmed by archeologists in 2002. It was acquired by the National Park Service as part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake Trail in 2016. Currently, the site is not open to the public as preliminary management efforts are still underway. However, visitors can experience Werowocomoco through videos, artifacts, and more by visiting a nearby exhibit in Gloucester, Virginia.
A permanent exhibit at the Gloucester County Visitor Center in Gloucester, VA - offers a sneak-peek at the meaningful opportunities for learning and reflection the site has to offer. Gloucester is located about an hour’s drive north from the trail’s headquarters in Jamestown.
Visitors will be able to view the site through a variety of lenses. Special features inside the exhibit include a video on Werowocomoco, an interactive timeline of Virginia Indian tribes, and artifacts displayed as interactive 3-D images.
Join our park guides Frank Furrs and Will Bustos on a tour of the Werowocomoco exhibit at the Gloucester County Visitor Center! Werowocomoco is a significant American Indian site in coastal Virginia with some 400 years of occupation. The town was the headquarters of paramount chief Powhatan and is where he received English leaders in the early 1600s.