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Property Name Dancing Point
Reference Number R_A_16000166
State Virginia
County Charles City
Town Charles City
Street Address Address Restricted
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 4/8/2016
Areas of Significance
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Dancing Point is eligible for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A (Exploration/Settlement) and Criterion D (Archaeology - Historic - Non-Aboriginal) at the state level of significance, with a period of significance of 1619-ca. 1800. The early settlements at Dancing Point, particularly the Virginia Company Period settlements such as Smith's/Southampton Hundred, and subsequent settlement in the area, already have yielded information important in the area's history of European settlement and has potential to yield additional information about the prehistoric and historic occupations of the property. A brief archaeological surface survey of portions of the Dancing Point property conducted by staff of the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission in 1982 resulted in the identification of eight archaeological sites located entirely or partially within the Dancing Point property, including 44CC0139, 44CC0140, 44CC0141, 44CC0146, 44CC0147, 44CC0148, 44CC0149, and 44CC0155. These sites represented the remains of prehistoric Native American occupations dating to the Archaic and Woodland periods, as well as Euro-American settlements dating to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 2015, archaeologists of the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc., and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources conducted a more intensive subsurface investigation at Site 44CC0141. Of the previously documented archaeological sites at Dancing Point, this resource appeared to offer the greatest potential for identifying evidence of early historic settlement, particularly that associated with Smith's/Southampton Hundred, ca. 1619-1622. Although only limited archaeological investigations have taken place to date, the yielded data is sufficient to demonstrate that the Dancing Point property has considerable additional potential beyond what is known today about Site 44CC0141. High potential exists for significant prehistoric, Contact Period, and historic archaeological deposits associated with Native Americans, European colonists, and subsequent Euro-American occupants. Should additional investigations take place, they are anticipated to yield important information concerning all these time periods and cultural associations.

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