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History / Heritage Resources in Powhatan Va
History / Heritage
Originally settled by French Huguenots in the early 1700's, Powhatan County was created by The Virginia General Assembly in 1777. The County was named in honor of the Indian Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. The original courthouse was constructed in 1778 and the immediate area was named Scottville after General Charles Scott, a revolutionary war hero. In 1850 a small portion of Chesterfield County was annexed, creating the current boundaries of Powhatan County . Powhatan is home to Belmead, which is also home to St. Francis/ St. Emma, one of the nations most treasured of history in education. Powhatan is also home to one of the nations longest running fairs.
History / Heritage
National Registry Powhatan
- Powhatan is home to some of the most beautiful and enchanting historic homes and sites on the National Registry of Historic Places. From Historic Belmead on the James River to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Powhatan's history from the Civil War to Civil Rights is abundant.
National Registry Master
- The National Registry gives all the Historic Sites of all the counties in Virginia. One can see Powhatan as well as surrounding counties and the historical landmarks that dot the landscape of Virginia.
National Historic Registry/Listing in All Vir
- The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
Virginia's First Citizens
- The Native American group in the Chesapeake region, known collectively as the Powhatans, left no written records of what their life was like before the Europeans visited them. It is only through archaeology and the writings of men like Captain John Smith, William Strachey, Thomas Hariot, Henry Spelman, Gabriel Archer, and others that we can glean how the Powhatans may have lived. Visit this website to learn more about the Powhatans and how they lived in Virginia when the English arrived in 1607.
Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail
- Gilbert Grosvenor, Chairman of the National Geographic Society; William Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and Patrick Noonan, Chairman Emeritus of The Conservation Fund founded the Friends of the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake Trail. Visit the website for more information. They were seeking a way commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the explorations of Capt. John Smith and bring attention to the bay's history, its native people, and conservation of its ecosystems and regional culture.
- Virginia's African American Heritage Program is part of the Virginia Foundation for the humanities. For teacher and tourist alike, Powhatan has rich African American history throughout the county. Discover Belmead Plantation, now a historic landmark and home to St. Francis and St. Emma. Visit the website for more information.
Belmead ST. Francis/ST. Emma
- The written narratives of St Francis de Sales and St. Emma run as deep as the currents of the James River and flow as energetically as the rushing waters of Deep Creek. St. Francis de Sales at Mt.Pleasant and St. Emma at Belmead have a rich human history that includes Native Americans, African Americans, and Europeans. They are places of past and present human activity. The mansion at Belmead is on the historic register, and St. Francis de Sales is in the process of obtaining this status. Both buildings are significant for groups of persons who have been connected through time to the land and the heritage that connects both sites. Visit our website for more information on one of Powhatan's greatest historical assets.
Civil War Roundtable
- Our mission is to provide a format where individuals may meet to discuss military actions, the effects of political decisions, and the societal customs that pertain to the American Civil War 1861-1865. The Roundtable is an educational, non-profit, and non-political organization. Membership is open to all adults and students over ten years of age. It is our intent to further the mission through educational programs and activities supporting the study of the Civil War. Visit the website for more information on the Powhatan Civil War Roundtable.
Powhatan Historical Society
- The Powhatan County Historical Society was founded in 1975 and is located in Powhatan, Virginia. Our headquarters is in the ?Old Jail? Building, located directly behind the Courthouse in the Village area of Powhatan County. We hold four general meetings yearly, and sponsor a biennial historic homes tour. We also educate individuals on the history of the county through our publications and tours. The Courthouse District is one of 17 sites located throughout the county that are listed on the National and/or Virginia State Historic Registries. Visit the website for more information.
Huguenot Society - Founders of Manakin
- West of Richmond, many founded a colony on the site of a village deserted by the Monacan Indians. This is a society of the descendants of that colony and French Protestants who came to Virginia before 1786 [see history of the society]. The society headquarters and library are located beside the Manakin Episcopal Church on the original glebe lands in Manakintown. Visit the website for more information.
Civil War Traveler
- Civil War battlefields & sites in 28 states plus maps, events, reenactment schedules, podcasts, books, a travel-blog, e-newsletter and more ? everything you need to plan your Civil War travel ? it's all here. Visit the Civil War Traveler website for more information.
Virginia Canals/Navigation Society
- The Virginia Canals and Navigations Society's web pages offer general information of value to its members and interested "canal buffs" with access to the World Wide Web. The organization itself was formed in 1977 to preserve and enhance Virginia's rich inland waterways heritage in all its fascinating aspects. History, exploration, archeology, modeling, local lore and legend, restoration, preservation, park and trail development - these are some of the many areas of interest our members pursue to their own great satisfaction and frequently to the lasting benefit of their communities and state. Visit their website for more information.
WWII Round Table
- The WWII Round Table Meetings 2nd Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 PM followed by social at 3480 Batterson Road, Powhatan, Virginia at St. John Neuman's Catholic Church. The WWII Round Table is a lively discussion of historical events and interviews dedicated to the courageous men and women that served in WWII. Visit the website for more information.
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