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Paspahegh Town

Explore the Powhatan way of life

Jamestown Settlement Powhatan town

Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Explore the Powhatan way of life in a re-creation of Paspahegh Town, based on the archaeological findings at a nearby site along the James River once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians, the Powhatan tribal group closest to Jamestown, and descriptions and illustrations recorded by English colonists in the 17th century.

Among a wooded clearing of reed-covered houses dotted with cooking circles, crops and a ceremonial circle of carved wooden posts, discover the world of Pocahontas, daughter of Powhatan, powerful leader of 30-some Algonquian-speaking tribes in coastal Virginia and their culture.

Costumed historical interpreters discuss and demonstrate how the Powhatan culture grew and prepared food, processed animal hides, made tools and pottery, and wove natural fibers into cordage. You might even learn some common Algonquian words, like raccoon, moccasin and opossum.

See indoors: Don’t miss the scale model of Paspahegh inside Jamestown Settlement’s exhibition galleries, along with a collection of artifacts donated by the Governor’s Land Association.