The land now known as Gloucester, Virginia has a unique relationship with Pocahontas and her father Powhatan. Gloucester is also home to the Pocahontas Museum and a statue of Pocahontas, dedicated in 1994 and part of Gloucester’s effort to honor her legacy. Twenty five years after the statue’s dedication and holding the “Pocahontas Festival” with descendants attending as special guests, Gloucester is again leading the charge to connect with the descendants of Pocahontas and is the recognized leader of this Initiative. To build on the enhanced attention paid these past several years to the woman most famously known as Pocahontas and channeling that energy to continue and expand her legacy as an international cross-cultural ambassador, Gloucester County is creating this webpage as a resource to bring together the many locations where her she is recognized. Stay tuned for additional links and resources.
Werowocomoco was Powhatan’s tribal headquarters and according to legend where Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life. Click here for more information and to view a video about Werowocomoco, "A Powhatan Place of Power" from the National Park Service.
The Pocahontas Descendants Initiative will capitalize on the growing interest in genealogy, ancestry and finding one’s roots – it is expected more than 100,000 people can claim Pocahontas as their ancestor through the Thomas Rolfe bloodline. Then there are the oral histories of a daughter born to Pocahontas’ first husband Kocoum, creating intrigue and possibilities of a second bloodline. The Initiative intends to enable and facilitate an in-depth investigation into all possible descendants of Pocahontas and unite them in common purpose, as well as all others who are inspired by Pocahontas’ life example.
See the new developments at the Timberneck Property Opens a New Window. , which is set to become a Future Virginia State Park.
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An outstanding symposium co-hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and American Evolution, the organization coordinating commemoration 400th anniversary of events that took place in 1619 was held in November 2018. The program, “Pocahontas: Her Life, Legend and Legacy,” was recorded on CSPAN and includes exceptional panel discussions on the life of Pocahontas, Pocahontas and Christianity and Pocahontas as a Cross Cultural Ambassador. View each session here: Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3.
The Pocahontas Reframed “Storytellers” Film Festival will be held on November 21-24, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. The Festival honors “the contributions of Native Americans and reinvigorate conversations about telling stories of indigenous life. Pocahontas Reframed “Storytellers” Film Festival is a Legacy Project of American Evolution 2019 Commemoration." Click here for more information.
Don't forget to check out the Gloucester County Visitor Center's Werowocomoco Exhibit. This exhibit opened as a temporary exhibit in April of 2017 and will be formally re-opened in June 2019 with additional amenities and artifacts.