101 Widewater State Park Rd
Stafford, Virginia 22554
Patawomeck Village at Widewater State Park!
The opening ceremony for the Patawomeck Village at Widewater State Park took place June 22, 2019. The Tribe is building a 60x15 foot long house for the Patawomeck Village that will be erected. Chief Emeritus John Lightner, remarked he's looking forward to the good educational opportunity this Patawomeck Village would provide.
The construction of the long house will be built in the same manner as it would have been built by our ancestors. Before the wood can be used for the structure, the bark is stripped off the cedar saplings with hand tools. The samplings are connected by wire and bent between metal poles for several weeks. This method will ensure the saplings remain strong and rounded.
At the opening ceremony, the Tribe was presented with a check for $6,000 as a gift from the park, to help pay for the expensive, but necessary bark siding. This generous gift was presented to the Tribe by Kirstina Monroe-Lowe, the park's chief ranger for visitor experience.
Brad Hatch demonstrated fabricating of the Patawomeck eel pot. During the process of making an eel pot, the tree must first be cut down. Then the wood is split, ribs are shaped, and the pieces are woven together.
Dee Harding and Gordon Silver demonstrated the throwing of the Adl Adl.
Gary Cooper, Scott and Heather Gray manned the booth dedicated to promoting the Patawomeck Language Class.
Scott Gray's strong but steady beats on the drum compliment the light, airy notes of Laura Lee Harding's flute while Ruby Harding shows off her dance skills.
Open from 8:00am - dusk
Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm and restrooms are open.
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