Santa Claus at the Tribal Center!
December 19, 2021 – Santa visited the Patawomeck Tribal Center yesterday and fun was had by all! Santa gave his reindeer the day off so he arrived in style on the White Oak Volunteer Fire Department Truck Engine Number 7. Everyone who wanted one was able to get a picture with Santa. Children gave him their letters and he gave them a fireman's hat! Delicious hot cocoa and cider were the perfect complement to the scrumptious cookies! Santa made some Tribal children very happy as he spread lots of holiday cheer. Thank you to the White Oak Volunteer Fire Department for bringing Santa to the Tribal Center.
Christmas Baskets Delivered!!
December 18, 2021 – Thanks to generous donors like you, we've been able to provide Christmas Baskets to 20 Tribal families this year! Each family received a cooked or uncooked meal which included: Potatoes, dressing mix, green bean casserole fixings, corn, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, pie, and a gift card for a turkey or a ham. Each family also received a warm crocheted blanked.
Thank you to the Fredericksburg Food Bank for donating some of the food for the baskets. Thank you to the From The Heart Stitchers for donating the crocketed and quilted blankets for the baskets. All this would not be possible without the volunteers who picked up and delivered the Christmas Baskets to the Tribal families. A special thank you to all who helped make this event successful!
Pocahontas Reframing Film Festival
November 20, 2021 – Paul Milstead and Donnie Morgan attended the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia. Visiting with Chief Adams, some Pamunkey Tribal Members, Tribal dancers and members of our Tribe.
Governor's Executive Mansion
November 18, 2021 – Paul Milstead, Tribal Council Member attended a reception at the Governor’s mansion.
Fredericksburg Eagles 4123 Blugrass Fundraiser 2021
October 23, 2021 - The Fredericksburg Eagles Lodge 4124 held a Bluegrass Fundraiser for the Tribe that started at 5pm. It was a night of great music and fellowship. The donation from the show was $3,500!! We were also allowed to bring in our Tribal merchandise and even sold shirts to non-members. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of the people at the Eagles! We are greatly anticipating next year’s Bluegrass Fundraiser at the Fredericksburg Eagles in November 2022.
Patawomeck 6th Annual Fundraiser
October 2, 2021 - The 6th Annual Fundraiser was held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Lots of familiar faces, delicious food, and good music made this outdoor event a success. There was a variety of silent auction items on display making it the best one yet. Net proceeds from the fundraiser this year benefit the Scholarship and Benevolence Funds.
Patawomeck 12th Annual Craft Show
August 28, 2021 - The 12th Annual Craft Show was held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center from 9:00am until 3:00pm. It was a hot day for this outdoor event, but the Patawomeck spirit was high! There was a variety of handmade crafts available to purchase as well as delicious hamburgers and hotdogs. Great attendance, great food, and the best volunteer workers in the world!
Tribal Member Mark Newton's Medical Fund
August 13, 2021 - Chief Bullock presented Larry Stephenson with a check for $931.00 for Tribal Member Mark Newton’s medical fund from the Bluegrass Festival held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center today. Thanks to all who donated.
Patawomeck 1st Annual Bluegrass Festival
August 13, 2021 - The 1st Annual Bluegrass Festival was held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. The outdoor event was threatened by rain and lightning shortly before the festivities began, but those in attendance were there to hear great bluegrass music and they weren't about to let the weather stop them. There was only a short delay for everyone’s safety. The hamburgers and hotdogs were delicious and the music of course was top notch. There was live music by Jeff Stone and the Virginia Gospel Singers, Little Falls Band, and Sonrise. The star of the show, traveling all the way from Nashville, was the Larry Stephenson Band. It was a wonderful evening of fellowship, food, and entertainment. The proceeds benefited the Tribe’s building fund this year. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors.
Special thanks to John McLeod Electric for providing the generators, Hilldrup for the covered stage that kept the musicians dry and the White Oak Rescue Squad for being on site in case of an emergency.
Special Olympics Fundraiser
August 11, 2021 - Chief Emeritus John Lightner presented Stafford County Deputy Dembrowsky with a check for $500.00 for the Special Olympics from Saturday’s First Responders Event held at the Patawomeck Center on August 7th. Thanks to all who donated.
First Responders Appreciation Event
August 7, 2021 - The First Responders Appreciation Event was held as the Patawomeck Tribal Center from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. The outdoor event included free food, crafts and face painting for the kids, Emergency Vehicles onsite with K-9 and Drone demonstration, and free ice cream from the Ice Cream truck! Special guests included first responders from all the localities and Stafford County Sheriff David Decatur. What started out as a rainy day turned out to be a wonderful celebration to honor all the Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and EMS Personnel whose service and sacrifice keep our community safe and secure. Thanks to all who came and showed their support for the first responders.
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair
July 30th - August 8, 2021 - Our tribal members created an immersive experience for the Fairgoers. The dug-out canoe and the longhouse are impressive by themselves, but add tribal members working the village while informing visitors of our heritage and culture; and other members filling the air with the harmonious sounds of the flute and drums while another is dancing along makes it a very special experience.
Patawomeck 1st Annual Tribal Picnic
May 15, 2021 - The 1st Annual Tribal Picnic was held at the our new Patawomeck Tribal Center from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. It was an outdoor event. We had over 300 tribal members in attendance. Special guests included, from the Wolfe Creek Cherokee, Chief Price, his wife Annette and daughter Denise. It was a wonderful evening of fellowship, food, and music.
May 8, 2021 - The Patawomeck Rabies Clinic was held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. It was an outdoor event sponsored and conducted by P&S Sportsman's Club. Thanks to all who came and had their dogs vaccinated! Special thanks to Dr. Newman at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital for another successful rabies clinic.
Patawomeck 11th Annual Craft Show
October 24, 2020 - The 11th Annual Patawomeck Craft Show was held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center from 9:00am until 3:00pm. It was an outdoor event. There was a variety of crafts available to purchase as well as Brunswick Stew (back by popular demand). This was our BEST craft show yet! Great attendance, great food, and the best volunteer workers in the world!
Patawomeck 5th Annual Fundraiser
September 19, 2020 - The 5th Annual Fundraiser was held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. It was an outdoor event. The barbeque and hotdogs were delicious, and the music from SONRISE and Jeff Stone & The Virginia Gospel Singers was great! It was a wonderful evening of fellowship, food, and entertainment. The proceeds benefited the Tribe this year.
Patawomeck 10th Annual Craft Show
November 9, 2019 - The 9th Annual Craft Show was held at Bethel Baptist Church from 9:00am until 3:00pm. There were a variety of crafts available to purchase as well as homemade BBQ, Brunswick Stew, and hot dogs. Let's not forget all the scrumptious bake sale items. It was a fun event that turned out to be our most successful Craft Show yet!
Patawomeck 4th Annual Fundraiser
May 18, 2019 - The 4th Annual Spaghetti Fundraiser was held at Bethel Baptist Church from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. The spaghetti was delicious, and the music from SONRISE and the White Oak Ramblers was great! It was a wonderful evening of fellowship, food, and entertainment. The proceeds benefited the building fund this year.
"Our American History" Video
August 2014 - Members of the Patawomeck Tribe helped Stafford County with the making of a video history of Stafford County called "Our American History". This video went to be judged in Houston, Texas, airing with videos from all over the country. "Our American History" was voted #1!
July 30, 2011 - The Patawomeck Tribe was asked to participate in the Economic Landscapes of the Tidewater: An Institute for Teachers of VA and US History held at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County, VA. The conference was held to prepare the teachers better for the required SOL testing. The teachers had very old information about the first Native Americans encountered by the colonists back in the 1600s, still thought there was only 8 tribes recognized in VA, and were very interested in our Tribal Members demonstrations and hung onto every word from Lesser Chief Gary Cooke's stories. We have been invited back to next year's conference.
Living History Village
May 16, 2009 - Long house, dug-out canoes, corn grinding, flint napping, eel pots, hide tanning, and much more were displayed at the White Oak Civil War Museum.
400 Year Anniversary of Jamestown
2007 - One of the ways that the Patawomeck Indian Tribe is keeping the TRIBAL HERITAGE ALIVE is through the making of Dugout canoes. In 2006 Tribal member, Buddy White Cloud Jett, crafted two dugouts from an enormous 90 ft. poplar tree taken down by a great wind on Medicine Wheel Hill. He named them "KAOKEE" for the daughter of Pocahontas and Patawomeck warrior, Kocoum... and "ONTONAH" for the Patawomeck Indian girl orphaned by the war of 1666 at the "BATTLE OF BULL'S BLUFF" when the English Governor of Virginia ordered the Colonial Militia to "exterminate all Indians within reach" and declared war on the Patawomecks "to their utter destruction" with Patawomeck women and children to be "sold into servitude".
Many of our Tribal members descend from the blood lines of Kaokee and Ontonah, who survived this tragic massacre of our People, and these two dugouts canoes are named to SHOW HONOR to these two Patawomeck Indian ancestors You can see our 17 foot Patawomeck dugout, "KAOKEE", in action on her Maiden Voyage on the Rappahannock River (Fredericksburg June Faire Festival) by clicking on the photo above.
Both, Kaokee and our 31 foot long "Ontonah" dugout have been among our Tribal focal points at several events where weve set up our 1600's era PATAWOMECK TRIBAL VILLAGE. In 2007, Gordon Silver and Buddy Jett paddled "KAOKEE" out to greet the "JOHN SMITH SHALLOP" (Historic Replica Ship) when it arrived in port at Fredericksburg on it's historic voyage to commemorate the "400 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF JAMESTOWN They paddled two circles around the shallop as it was approaching the dock - a tribute to Kaokee's speed and agility.
Stafford Discovery Days Festival
August 19 - 20, 2006 - A village of history, live entertainment on two stages, fun craft and food vendors and pontoon rides were held to celebrate the arrival of Jamestowns replica sailing ship, the historic Godspeed, in Stafford.