About the Park
What is Native Lands Park?
Native Lands Park is a 160-acre park in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania which preserves the site of a Susquehannock settlement. The Susquehannock were a Native group that lived along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. Occupied from 1676 to 1680, the town was home to some 3,000 people. Long after the Susquehannock departed the site, between 1824 and 1879, members of the Dritt family were buried here in a family plot. Encompassing both the archeological site and cemetery, Native Lands Park features wide, grassy walking trails that provide a scenic overlook of the Susquehannock River. Native Lands Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Who were the Susquehannock?
The Susquehannock were an Iroquoian-speaking people who moved into the lower-Susquehanna River valley around the year 1550 AD. “Susquehannock” is an Algonquian name for the Tribe, and their true name was never recorded. It is believed that they moved here from further north due to pressure from other Iroquoian Tribes, or to better control the fur trade along the river.
What did the Susquehannock town look like?
As you look out on the rolling fields of Native Lands County Park, imagine large agricultural fields extending to the forest's edge that fed the town's substantial community.
Visiting the Park
Last updated: December 15, 2023