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Werowocomoco, Colonial Williamsburg, and Jefferson’s Poplar Forest—Virginia history in the news

Detail illustration of Powhatan from  the 1612 John Smith map of Virginia

"It was the sacred and governmental seat of Chief Powhatan."

The Commonwealth of Virginia contains some of the most important sites in the history of the United States. From the fort at Jamestowne, site of the earliest permanent British colonial settlement in the Western Hemisphere, to the restored colonial capital of Williamsburg, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home and his lesser known Poplar Forest, Virginia’s 17th, 18th, and 19th century is represented across the landscape. Add in recent archaeological discoveries at Werowocomoco, the headquarters of the Powhatan Confederacy when the British first settled at Jamestown, and Virginia’s role in the founding of the nation and the impact on the native populations is even more complete. (The illustration above of Powhatan from the 1612 John Smith map of Virginia is in the public domain.)

Protecting artifacts at Werwocomoco, archaeological excavations at Poplar Forest, and the declining fate of Colonial Williamsburg as an historical tourist attraction even as new research on the town’s enslaved population continues—all have been in the news recently. The links below give a taste of on-going efforts to discover, protect, and learn from Virginia’s historical record.


VMRC bans oystering in 40-acre site to protect Powhatan artifacts

By Tamara Dietrich

Daily Press

October 5, 2017

‘They Built This Town:’ The legacy of Williamsburg’s enslaved carpenters

By Steve Roberts, Jr.

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

August 2, 2017

Americans’ Declining Interest In History Is Hitting Museums Like Colonial Williamsburg Hard

By Jennifer Tiedemann and Karen Marsico

The Federalist

August 22, 2017

Archaeology at Poplar Forest details time before and after Jefferson

By Sydney Schaedel

The News & Advance

October 7, 2017

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