Learn About The History Of The Museum!
The Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc. is a registered 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation operated by the Officers and Directors of the organization, known as the Elected Tribal Council. The history of the Tribe pre-dates the 1300s in Stafford County. Our Tribe was instrumental in the saving of the Jamestown Colony.
Our mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the history and culture of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe Of Virginia, Inc. and ensure that the memory of the Patawomeck Band of Indians never dies.
The Patawomeck Tribe has always postively impacted the people who live in the area. In 1607, our ancestors continued to trade food with the Jamestown colonists, even when the relationship with the Powhatan Federation was poor, ensuring a successful settlement for the English colonists. Currently, the Tribe holds events throughout the year to support the community, including the First Responders Appreciation Event and various Health Clinics.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of tribal members and the Stafford County Board of Supervisors' vote on June 4, 2019, the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia has leased a portion of the Little Falls Farmland (17 acres) and the 3,000-square-foot house. The home was the former home of the late Duff Green. Prior to these events, our ancestors owned this land for many years. It was eventually transferred to other owners ending with the Green family. A fire destroyed the original structure in the 19th century. Through meticulous documentation, we know that the house that is present today stands on the same foundation. The Tribal Center is the site of the Museum and Cultural Center. The outdoor Living History Village and indigenous gardens will be within the 17 acres. To learn more about the property history, click here to read the article, Patawomeck Connections to Our New Home of "Little Falls," written by William L. "Night Owl" Deyo, Patawomeck Tribal Historian Emeritus.
“The cultural village and museum will be larger than Jamestown’s exhibition. The living history villages will have historical interpreters, tents, hide-tanning areas, tribal members working on fish nets, cooking venison and fish.”
- Minnie Lightner
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