Patawomeck Bluegrass Show
November 12, 2022 - The Patawomeck Bluegrass Show was held at the Eagle's Lodge on Saturday at 4:00pm. Thanks to everyone that attended our Annual Bluegrass Show was a GREAT success. We are grateful to all the Tribal Members, Eagles Members, friends, family, and the local community for showing their support. It was a night of EXCEPTIONAL music! Thank you to David Limerick and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4123 for hosting the event and for always supporting the Tribe. Thank you to the 6 Incredible Bands: Larry Stephenson Band, Josh Grigsby and County Line, Just Wingin' It, Nick Chandler and Delivered, Virginia Gospel Singers, Little Falls Bluegrass Band. A special thank you to our GENEROUS sponsors which helped to make this event successful! All this would not be possible without the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Thank you so much for all you do! We could not do what we do without you.
Patawomeck Craft Show
November 12, 2022 - The Patawomeck Craft Show was held at the Eagle's Lodge on Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Thanks to everyone that attended our 13th Annual Craft Show was a GREAT success. We are grateful to all the Tribal Members, Eagles Members, friends, family, and the local community for showing their support to the Tribe and the many wonderful crafters and vendors. Thank you to the crafters and the vendors for supporting the Tribe by participating in our annual event. Thank you to David Limerick and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4123 for hosting the event and for always supporting the Tribe. The crowd started to pour in earlier than usual and was pretty steady throughout the day. With 40 crafters and vendors, there was a wide selection of master craftsmen including woodwork, jewelry, crochet, glass blowers, and leather craftsmen. There was homemade jam and pies, local honey, ornaments, quilts, a variety of wreaths, and wooden phone amplifiers, to mention a few. What an eclectic and talented group of crafters. All this would not be possible without the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Thank you so much for all you do! We could not do what we do without you.
Patawomeck Flu Shot Clinic
November 5, 2022 - The Patawomeck Flu Shot Clinic was held at the Tribal Center on Saturday at 10:00am to 12:00pm. Several individuals benefited from this free community event. Thank you to our flu shot team from the Virginia State Health Department for administering the flu shots. A representative from the Rappahannock Area YMCA was also present to answer any questions related to their free hypertension (high blood pressure) program. A special thank you to all who helped make this event successful from those who came out to all who helped and prepared for this event.
7th Annual Fundraiser: Shrimp Feast
October 1, 2022 - The 7th Annual Fundraiser - Shrimp Feast was held at the Eagle's Club from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Thanks to everyone that attended our 7th Annual Fundraiser - Shrimp Feast was a HUGE success. We are grateful to all the Tribal Members, Eagles Members, friends, family, and the local community for showing their support. Thank you to David Limerick and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4123 for hosting the event and for always supporting the Tribe. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the silent auction. There were 107 auction items donated this year. To everyone who bid on the magnificent entries, we could not have reached and exceeded our goal without each and every one of you. We appreciate the community and everyone that showed their support with their donations and bids. Thank you to Chrissy Leigh and Thunder 104.5 WGRX for all your support helping the tribe. Thank you to DJ Dickey Estes who kept the tunes playing providing the perfect atmosphere for the event. He even took several requests from the attendees. All this would not be possible without the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Thank you so much for all you do! We could not do what we do without you.
Stafford Sheriff's Charities
September 9, 2022 - Chief Emeritus John Lightner presented Stafford County Major Dembowski with a check for $500.00 to Stafford Sheriff’s Department to benefit Sheriff Decatur’s charities from this year's First Responders Event held at the Patawomeck Center on August 13th. Thanks to all who donated.
Patawomeck 2nd Annual First Responders Event
August 13, 2022 - Thanks to the numerous First Responders that attended and the community for showing their support, our 2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation Event on August 13, 2022 was a HUGE success. There were first responders from most surrounding localities. The Boy Scout Troop 199 presented the colors followed by Taylor McNulty singing the National Anthem. The outdoor event included free food, crafts for the kids, Emergency Vehicles onsite with FABULOUS K 9 and Drone demonstrations, and free ice cream from the Ice Cream truck! We were able to make a $500 donation to Stafford Sheriff’s Department to benefit Sheriff Decatur’s charities. Thank you all for participating in this event.
Living History Village
July 29 - August 7, 2022 - The Patawomeck Living History Village at the Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair created an immersive experience for Fairgoers. Tribal Members informed visitors of all the exciting events coming up from sharing the new Museum Brochure, our progress towards our Grand Opening to our events coming up including our annual fundraiser and First Responders Appreciation Event. Chief "Bootsie" Bullock one night was interviewed by Chrissy Leigh from Thunder 104.5 WGRX.
Patawomeck 1st Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, July 15, 2022 - 1st Tournament, 28 Teams, 22 Sponsors & 20 Volunteers. The Patawomeck Golf Tournament was held at Lee's Hill Golf Club at 8:00am. Thanks to everyone who braved the July heat to attended our 1st Annual Golf Tournament. The Tournament was catered by Fredericksburg Mission BBQ. The chicken and pork barbeque arrived right on time and it was delicious. This event would not be possible without the support of our volunteers and our generous sponsors. Thank you to everyone who made our 1st Annual Golf Tournament a huge success!
Living History Village
July 4, 2022 - The Patawomeck Living History Village at the Fredericksburg Heritage Day Festival was from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The long house, dug-out canoe. corn grinding, and much more will be displayed at the festival as part of the Patawomeck Living History Village. Many people braved the heat to enjoy the festivities.
May 7, 2022 - The Patawomeck Rabies Clinic was held at the Patawomeck Tribal Center at 12:30pm. 59 dogs and 4 cats were vaccinated! Thank you to the P&S Sportsman's Club for sponsoring and conducting the Rabies Clinic. Thank you to Dr. Newman and the Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital for administering the vaccinations to numerous pets that visited the Tribal Center. All this would not be possible without the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to organize, plan, set up for and clean up after the event. A special thank you to all who helped make this event successful!
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
April 30, 2022 – The Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic was held at White Oak Primitive Baptist Church from 8:00am - 10:30am. Thanks to the Rappahannock Area Health District / Virginia Department of Heath for conducting the event. A special thank you to all who helped make this event successful!
March 22, 2022 – Chief Bullock and Tribal Council Member David Carpenter visited Jamestown today. “At a time for remembrance” the 400th anniversary of the strike against the English settlers that expanded into native land and interrupted the native food program. Today's program was to look at the significance of 1622 battle, to understand what took place and to understand ourselves as humans.
Pictured from left to right Chief Kieth Anderson/Nansemond , Chief Bootsie Bullock/Patawomeck, Jamestown presenter, and Chief Walt Brown/Charonaka Nottaway.
Spring Health Fair 2022
March19, 2022 – The Spring Health Fair was held at Bethel Baptist Church from 9:00am - 12:00pm. This free community event was the first one in 3 years. Thanks to Dr. Yu and his fabulous team of doctors, Virginia Health Department, and the YMCA. A special thank you to all who helped make this event successful!
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 Dembowski 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.